Stock trading around the globe is down 19.4% this year, through the end of March, according to statistics compiled by the World Federation of Exchanges.
The best performing area of the world?
North and South America, down 15.6%.
One large bourse was actually up in the first three months: Brazil’s BM&F BOVESPA, which saw the value of its trading total $239.0 billion, up 0.4% over the first three months of 2011.
Two small markets saw greater growth: Bermuda, up 32.5% to $9.4 million; and, Colombia, up 37.8%, to $12.4 billion.
Nasdaq OMX Group was down 7.9% to $2.7 trillion; and, NYSE Euronext was down 21.6%, to $3.5 trillion.
Europe, Africa and the Middle East were down 21.0%, overall. The biggest gainer: the Saudi Stock Market, up 162.7%, to $181.7 billion worth of trading. The biggest drop: the Ljublana Stock Exchange, off 47.8%, to $99.3 million.
In Asia and the rest of the world, the overall plunge was 22.0%. The big gainer: the Phillipine Stock Exchange, up 59.4%, to $10.2 billion. The big drop: the Colombo Stock Exchange in Sri Lanka, down 60.8%, to $667.8 million.
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