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Fun Facts About the Stock Market
Fun stock facts: Microsoft is worth more than Brazil’s stock market. Microsoft, Apple, and Google are worth more than the Chinese stock market. Apple is worth more than the entire GDP of India?
This research will give you an eye-opening perspective on the stock market, its size, who invests in it, and highlights the sheer strength of the US stock exchanges and technology companies.
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Key Stock Market Statistics – Editors Choice
- The US stock market is 46% of the entire world’s stock market capitalization in 2022.
- The US Stock Market is worth $117 trillion, more than the next 7 stock exchanges combined.
- Microsoft is worth more than the entire Brazilian stock market.
- Over the last 10 years, 82% of fund managers failed to beat the stock market.
- Microsoft, Apple & Google combined are worth more than the entire Chinese stock market in 2022.
- In 2022 Apple is worth more than the entire GDP of Canada or India.
Financial Market Statistics
The total world stock market capitalization is $116.78 trillion.
The total value of the world’s stock markets at the start of 2022 is $116.78 trillion. The world’s stock markets have grown 464% in 11 years, up from $25 trillion in 2009.
The US stock markets are 46% of the entire global stock market value.
The US NYSE & NASDAQ stock exchanges combined are 54% of the entire global stock market value, with a market capitalization of $41 Trillion.
The US Stock Market is worth more than the next 7 stock exchanges combined.
The USA is the most valuable and powerful place to trade stocks. The NYSE & NASDAQ combined are worth more than the next seven stock exchanges combined; Japan, China, Euronext, London, Hong Kong & Saudi & Canada.
The NYSE & NASDAQ dominate the world’s stock markets.
The two goliaths in the global stock markets are the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ; they host the majority of the world’s largest companies and the largest technology giants like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Tesla, and Facebook.
Information Technology, Financials, Communication, and Healthcare make up over 52% of the world’s companies by value.
Information Technology companies dominate all other industries at 16.31% 1 Real Estate accounts for a surprisingly low 3.24% of the global stock market (as weighted by MSCI)
|Stock Market Sector Statistics||% of the market|
The fastest-growing stock sectors are Energy, Healthcare, and Technology in 2022
2022 is shaping up to be the year of Energy, Healthcare, and Tech Stocks. The Energy sector is usually lagging way behind, but there is now a huge push into clean energy stocks; Solar and Electric Power are fueling the rise, while oil companies are dropping.
The Nasdaq 100 has returned 907% over 20 years to 2022, the India Sensex exchange grew by 1792%, while the UK FTSE only increased by 46%.
A NASDAQ 100 Index Tracking ETF would have made you 907% in 20 years.
Many people say the stock market is too risky, and individual stock ownership is even riskier. Owning an index fund on a major world index, especially in the USA, is proven to yield a good profit over the long term.
- In the last 20 years, from 2002 to 2022, the best performing major stock market index has been the NASDAQ 100, with a meteoric return of 907%.
- The next best is the Nasdaq Composite with 665%, the S&P500 with 307%, and the German DAX with 216%.
- The UK FTSE has managed a meager 46.48% growth over the last 20 years, and the Nikkei 225 has a 172% return.
- The best performing index in the world for 20 years to 2022 is the Indian Sensex, with a 1792% increase.
You have a 1 in 3 chance of selecting a stock that beats the market, and the US stock market goes up 55% of trading days.
You have a 32% chance of selecting a stock that will beat the S&P500
According to my research, out of 4,000 US major stocks, only 1,299 companies beat the S&P 500 index from January 2021 to January 2022. The average increase of these stocks was 38.4%. This means you have a 32% chance of selecting a stock that will beat the market.
The S&P 500 goes up 55% of trading days and down 45% of the time.
My research shows that the S&P 500 increased 55% of the time over the last ten years by on average 0.2% per day, and the longest uninterrupted uptrend was eight days.
Source: LiberatedStockTrader Pro
The best month to buy stocks is April.
The best month to buy stocks is April, as the S&P500 has increased an average of 2.4% in 15 of the last 20 years. October and November are also good months to buy stocks, increasing by 1.17% and 1.08%, respectively, increasing 75% of the time.
The worst time to buy stocks is September.
Our data research shows that from 2000 to 2020, the worst month for stocks is September, with an average loss of -0.83%.
The US Stock Markets Have Always Made a Profit Over a 10 Year Period
You should invest in the stock market for a minimum of 10 years, as the US markets have always made a profit over a ten-year period since 1955.
Source: LiberatedStockTrader Pro
Robotic algorithms make up 90% of all stock trades, and 10% of Americans own 84% of the US stock market.
33% of US households have taxable investment accounts
A taxable account is any active mutual fund or passive index-tracking fund that resides outside an IRA/401K retirement fund, including self-directed investors or traders.
Percent of US Households Investing
In 1998 60% of US Adults were invested in the stock market through mutual funds, retirement plans, or directly. In 2007 the number of invested adults reached a high of 65%.5 The 2000 Dotcom crash & 2008 financial crisis have damaged American adult trust in the markets, and the percentage of adults invested trended downwards to a multi-decade low of 52% in 2016.
Approximately 33% of US households have taxable investment accounts in 2022.
Robots make 90% of stock trades
The largest uptrend over the last 20 years is the growth of algorithmic trading. It is estimated that 90% of trade volume in the stock market today is robotic quantitative and computer algorithms
Stock Investor Statistics
More men than women are active stock investors, and Millennials are the least invested of all generations.
10% of Americans own 84% of the stock market
It may sound shocking, but is it in line with the Pareto Principle that the wealthiest 10% of Americans own 84% of the stock market.
21% of women and 24% of men actively invest in the USA.
In the US, 21% of women & 24% of men have taxable investment accounts. 46% of married couples without dependents have taxable investment accounts, 36% of couples with dependents. 27% of single males with or without dependents have investment accounts.
More single females invest in stocks than single females with dependents.
23% of single females without dependents have investment accounts compared to 15% of single females with dependents.
Only 22% of millennials actively invest, compared to Boomers with 39%
Only 22% of millennials have taxable investment accounts, compared to Gen Xers at 29%, Boomers at 39%, and Silent Generation at 53%.
The most significant factors for people actively investing are an income higher than $50K, a college degree, high levels of financial literacy, and higher risk tolerance.
Investing knows no color.
Race factors play a minor role in whether a person decides to actively invest, with a 4% difference.
US Technology firms are powerful. Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Meta combined are worth more than any other stock exchange outside the USA.
Apple is the most valuable company globally, worth $2.8 trillion.
US companies still dominate the world’s stock markets. In 2022 Apple Inc. regained the title of the world’s largest company with a total capitalization of $2.8 trillion.
Microsoft is worth more than the entire Brazilian stock market.
In 2022 Microsoft Corp lost its position as the world’s largest company to Apple Inc. but is still valued at $2.32 trillion. Microsoft is now worth more than the entire Brazilian Stock Market, worth $938 Billion, or the Taiwan Stock Exchange, valued at $866 Billion.
Microsoft, Apple & Google combined are worth more than the entire Chinese stock market.
As unbelievable as it may seem, Microsoft is valued at $2.2 trillion, Apple at $2.8 trillion & Alphabet (Google Inc.) is $1.8 trillion; their combined value is $6.8 trillion. In January 2022, the Hang Seng & Shenzhen stock exchanges value was $6.7 trillion.
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google & Meta are worth more combined than any other stock market outside the USA.
The Power of the FAANGs: The combined value of Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Netflix, and Facebook Inc. are worth more than any other stock exchange.
|6 USA Tech Stocks vs. China & European Stock Markets||Cap ($B)|
|6 Largest Companies in the USA Combined||8,722|
|Shanghai (SSE) China Exchange||3,900|
|Hong Kong (China) Exchange||6,070|
|Euronext (EU) Exchange||5,500|
|London Stock Exchange||3,880|
The 6 most valuable companies in the USA are US technology stocks.
The six largest companies in America are American-owned technology companies, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Tesla, and Facebook, worth a combined $9.64 trillion.
The 6 giant US technology stocks combined are worth more than the GDP of Germany or the UK.
The incredible strength of US technology stocks Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Tesla, and Facebook, means they have a larger market capitalization ($9.64 trillion) than the GDP of Germany, $3.7 trillion, or the UK $2.638 trillion.
Apple is worth more than the entire GDP of Canada or India.
My American friends will love this fact. Apple is valued at a market capitalization of $2.8 trillion in January 2022; the GDP of Canada for 2020 is $1.64 trillion. In fact, Apple is bigger than the GDP of India, which has a GDP of $2.6 trillion.
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Wall Street Facts
Over the last 10 years, 82.23% of active fund managers have failed to beat the market index, and in any single year, 60% fail to outperform the S&P 500.
60% of highly paid fund managers fail to beat the S&P500 benchmark.
Actively managed fund (Mutual Fund) performance is looked at here. Fund managers seem to be excellent at making profits for themselves but not so good at making profits for their clients. Over any one year, 60.49% of fund managers failed to beat the market index.
Over the last 10 years, 82% of fund managers failed to beat the market.
Source: SPIVA S&P
Over any 15 years, 82.23% of fund managers fail to beat the market index.
21% of managed stock market funds are closed after 5 years due to poor performance.
21.22% of actively managed funds are closed down after five years, and 42.87% of actively managed funds are closed down within ten years.
Source: SPIVA S&P
The vast majority of mutual funds do not beat the underlying index.
As the vast majority of mutual funds do not beat the underlying index and incur much higher costs than passive index-tracking funds, we can assume that at least 2% less compounding of your wealth will occur.
Over 50 years, your share of the market’s cumulative return will reduce from 100% to a horrific 39% when using costly mutual funds.
Low-cost index fund expenses typically eat up 4% of your dividend yield.
Actively managed growth funds typically consume 100% of your dividend yield, with value funds talking 58%.
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Stock Market Crash Statistics
In the last 100 years, we have had a recession every 5 years, and the 2008 financial crisis caused a 38% loss in one year.
Over 100 years, we have had an economic recession every 5 years
The fear of the boom and bust is always there for anyone who has money in the market. But overall, for the long-term investor, recessions and crashes can be lived through by staying invested. Let’s take a look at history.
In the past 100 years, we have had 18 economic recessions averaging one every 5.5 years, aligning roughly to the business cycle of 4 years.
In the last 24 years (1998 to 2022), we have had three stock market crashes, in 2000, 2008, and 2020 averaging one every eight years.
The 2000 Dotcom Crash wiped out 40% of the stock market’s value.
The 2000 Dotcom Recession wiped out 40% of the value of the S&P500 in 3 years. While the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 wiped out 38% of market value in a single year.
The 1929 Great Depression wiped out 71% of the stock market’s value.
Comparatively, the great depression wiped out 71% over four years, and the 1974 Shock took out 32% in 2 years.
Stock Market Yearly Returns – The Best and the Worst
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Investing in a low-cost stock market index tracking fund is simply one of the simplest and lowest risk ways to expose yourself to the dynamic wealth creation of the USA or any other major developed world economy.
As only 39% of the world’s population is considered free, this limits our choice of safe country indices in which to invest. US, UK, Europe, and Canada are all still solid bets.
For this analysis of the best and worst years, we will look at the S&P500, the broad US bell weather index that provides a solid basis for analysis.
1933 was the best year in the stock market ever, gaining 46%
The Best Stock Market Years [of the last 90 Years]
First, we will look back fondly at the rip-roaring years of joy. Coming off the back of the great depression, we have 1933 with a joyous 46.59%
Following 1953’s -6.62%, we have 1954 with a 45.02% gain.
Again another great depression rebound rally we have 1935 with 41.37%
After 1957’s loss of 14.31%, we got 1958 with 38.06%. 1927’s pre-depression madness and leverage produced a 37.88% increase.
Finally, the Reagan and Thatcher years yielded Clinton and Blair, which produced 1995’s 34.11% jump. In fact, from 1995 to 1999, we had one of the best Bull Markets ever, yielding an average of 26.3% per year for five years.
In 1931 the US stock market lost 47%; it was the worst year ever recorded.
The Worst Stock Market Years [of the last 90 Years]
- 1931 was the worst stock market year ever, with a 47% loss.
- 1937 has a double-dip crash with a 38.59% loss
- The modern-day financial crisis of 2008 claimed a 38.59% loss
- In 1974 the market crashed by 29.72%
- 1930 saw a -28.48% drop in stock prices
A 10% drop in the stock market occurs once every two years on average.
Stock Market Trend Statistics
A daily drop of 5% in US stock markets occurs 1.5 times per year and a 10% drop once every two years.
- A daily stock market drop of 5% occurs 1.5 times per year
- 10% single-day stock market declines occur once every two years.
- The average serious bear market with a decline of over 20%, occurs every seven years
Compounded Gains of the S&P 500 – Last 90 Years to January 2022
- With a $1,000 investment in 1930, you have yielded $563,000
- This equates to a 56,350% return
Automated Robo Advisors are now mainstream, managing over $2 trillion in assets.
Trends in New Services Offered To Investors: The Rise of The Robots
A Robo Advisor is a digital application that offers users financial advice created by algorithms, artificial intelligence, or mathematical formulas. The term Robo Advisor is short for robot advisor. However, the phrase Robo Advisor is inaccurate. To explain, a Robo Advisor is a digital construct, usually an algorithm or artificial intelligence (AI) rather than an actual robot. By 2022 Robo Advisors will be managing $1.787 trillion in assets, Statista estimates.
Government agencies like the Nevada State Treasurer turn to Robo Advisors to manage public investments. The amount of funds controlled by Robo Advisors is growing dramatically. Algonest estimates Robo Advisors worldwide could manage over $2 trillion in assets by 2022.
Robo Advisors do not try to beat the market; they aim to simplify investing.
Most Robo Advisors do not claim to beat the market returns; they aim to simplify investments.
Commission Free Trading & Brokerage Services
If you do not get free stock trades in the USA, you need to change brokers.
The Stock Brokerage Industry had its first shake-up in the late 1990s with the emergence of the first discount online stock brokerage houses. These new brokerages forced competition in commissions and services, which dramatically reduced commission costs.
Commissions went from $100 per phone call trade to $9.99 for online trades. These commission costs continued to reduce to 2018, with Interactive Brokers offering $1.- trades.
Robinhood was the first brokerage with a straightforward app that allows you to trade for free.
The first major brokerage to make a move to Commission Free Trading was Firstrade in 2018
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