The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average is Japan’s premier¬ stock index. It includes the top 225 blue-chip companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Standard & Poor’s 500, often abbreviated as the S&P 500, or just “the S&P,” is an American stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. The S&P 500 index components and their weightings are determined by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The STOXX Europe 600 Index is derived from the STOXX Europe Total Market Index (TMI) and is a subset of the STOXX Global 1800 Index. With a fixed number of 600 components, the STOXX Europe 600 Index represents large-, mid- and small-capitalization companies across 17 countries of the European region: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. An investor cannot invest directly in any index.
Forward price to earnings (forward P/E) is a measure of the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio using forecasted earnings for the P/E calculation. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the broadest quantitative measure of a nation’s total economic activity. CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) reflects a market estimate of future volatility for the S&P 500 Index based on a weighted average of the implied volatilities for a wide range of option strikes. Shiller’s CAPE: Cyclically Adjusted Price-Earnings ratio (CAPE) based on the S&P 500 inflation-adjusted price divided by average earnings from the previous 10 years.
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