GLOBAL STOCK MARKETS

GLOBAL STOCK MARKETS

The decline in global stock markets this year has dented optimism among equity market analysts who expect only half of the 20 major stock markets to gain in a year. 

Since August, financial markets have been on a roller-coaster ride. China devalued its currency, sending shockwaves through foreign exchange markets. 

Tumbling commodity prices and lingering concerns about scant consumer inflation after so much global monetary stimulus have also kept many investors on the defensive. New proposal last month improved for stock markets as many regained composure, partly on a rebound in crude oil prices as well as new monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.