1. There are 19 stock exchanges in the world with a market capitalization of more than $1 trillion.
These stock exchanges accounted for more than 87% of global market capitalization in 2015. Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange have more market cap between them, than the rest of the exchanges on the list combined. In 2020, two US companies, Alphabet and Amazon, joined this elusive $1 trillion club, although they both dropped back out before the market closed.
2. The current US bull market is ten years old and counting.
To better illustrate how incredible this is, just take a look at stock market statistics of historical data. Bull markets have, on average, lasted for about 4.5 years each. Therefore, the current boom is twice as long as the average, but also the longest in American history.
What makes this bull market unusual is not that it happened after a recession, which was expected, but that it maintains slow-but-steady growth. This was made possible by record-low interest rates and record-high corporate profits, mostly from the rising tech industry.
3. With a 27.6% market share, the information technology sector leads the US stock market in market capitalization.
The face and the size of the US stock market have changed drastically as technological innovation and the rise of giant corporations move the share of capitalization more toward modern digital solutions.
4. More than 80% of the stock market is now automated.
Automation is taking over many industries, and stock markets are certainly not immune to the appeal and advantages of machine-run algorithm trading. That is why stock market statistics from 2021 show that machines already do the vast majority of US trades.
5. Australia has had the best performing share market in the world from 1900 to 2009.
During the past century, Australia posted 7.5% after-inflation returns per year, which are the highest among the world’s 19 major markets. The country also placed second-lowest in volatility, proving how stable and prosperous this period has been.
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