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Value of share trading globally 2020

The total value of global equity trading worldwide was 32.5 trillion U.S. dollars in the first quarter of 2020. The annualized return on equities in the United States from 2000 to 2019 amounted to four percent, while U.S. bonds registered a return of 4.9 percent in the same time period.

What is equity trading?

A stock is a piece of equity in a company. The shareholders of a publicly traded company literally own a piece of that company, although it may be very small depending on the number of outstanding shares the company has issued. These transactions typically take place through a stock exchange.

Choosing the right stock

Many investors use a financial advisor to help them select the stocks in their portfolio. Others do their own research, making bets on industry trends or a particular company’s strategy. While many of these lose money, the most successful investors make billions of U.S. dollars.

Value of global equity trading worldwide from 1st quarter 2017 to 1st quarter 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

Q1 2017 to Q1 2020

Supplementary notes

The source indicates that the trades were registered through Electronic Order Book.

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