Another View of Stocks in 2011

Tim Iacono

In their latest Daily Chart, The Economist has another one of those “Stocks in 2011″ summary graphics that, despite all the buzz about large-cap stocks in the U.S., reinforces the point that it was a rather dismal year for equities around the world.

Don’t get too excited about equity markets in Venezuela – inflation there is running at 29 percent, a level that, according to The Economist’s weekly Output, Prices, and Jobs makes them an extreme outlier in a world of generally low reported inflation. Only two other countries have double-digit inflation – VietNam at 18 percent and Pakistan at 10 percent.