The number of stock markets worldwide to have provided a positive annual return to investors has reached its highest level since 2007, according to new research by Lloyds TSB International.
In September 2012, 82% of the 39 countries tracked by the bank saw an annual rise in equity prices, compared with 8% a year earlier and 42% a decade ago.
Equity prices tracked have typically risen by 11% since September 2011, with Thailand the top performing market, and Slovakia, China and Spain the worst.
At 42%, Thailand recorded the strongest annual rate of growth, followed by Denmark (35%) and the Philippines (34%) while UK equity prices have risen by 12% since September 2011.
Countries that recorded the worst stock market performance include Slovakia (-15%), followed by China (-12%) and Spain (-10%).
Looking back over the past decade, the research also reveals that all five of the top performing markets are in emerging market economies.
Indonesian equity prices recorded the biggest jump (917%), compared with 54% in the UK.
Brazil (586%) recorded the second biggest increase, followed by India (567%) and the Philippines (373%).
Equity prices have fallen in just two of the 39 countries tracked over the past decade; at -60%, Greece recorded the most significant decline, followed by Japan at -5%.
Finland (5%), the Netherlands (19%) and France (21%) recorded the smallest rises.
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