Global Indices

Global Indices is a new way of looking at global economic growth and impact. It is a way to study the world and view it as one economy, not many. Global Indices describes and explains this concept, how it is calculated, what the data means, how you can use it and where you can find it.

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What are the main global indices?
What are the 3 major indices?
What are global indices?
What are the indices today?
Other facts about Global Indices

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What are the main global indices?

The major global indices (also called stock market indices or equity indices) are a set of key stock market indicators used to measure the performance of stocks and share markets as a whole. The most commonly used global stock market indices include representation from the large geographic regions of North America and Asia, as well as several other regions such as Europe, the Middle East and Pacific. There are also major indices that focus solely on share markets in specific geographic regions (such as the Asia Pacific Index).


What are the 3 major indices?

There are three major indices: the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones), the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ Composite. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (also known as the Dow or DJIA) is one of two most watched indices or indexes in US and world stock markets. Established in 1896 by Charles Dow, who was co-founder of Dow Jones, a financial newspaper. It comprises 30 large-company stocks including 3M, Boeing and Caterpillar. The S&P 500, or Standard & Poor's index, produces a benchmark for the performance of large-cap US stocks, with 500 components that include Apple, Exxon Mobil and Microsoft. The NASDAQ Composite is designed to represent the technology and growth sectors of the economy with 5,000 companies featuring Facebook, Google and Amazon as components.


How Annuities Work


This is the building phase when investors pay premiumes to build their annuity base.


The income stream that eventually comes from annuity payments.

Fixed & Variable Rates

Depending on the annuity, payout rates can either be fixed or float based on financial market performance.


Riders create the annuity contract (usually with fees) that allow for beneficiaries, inheritance and guaranteed income streams.


After accumulation and annuitization, the insurance company provides regular payouts to the annuity owner.

Tax Deferment

When annuities are paid with pre-tax dollars, income tax is typically aid during payout when income is presumably lower. When paid with post-tax dollars taxes are only paid on earnings, not the full payout.

Other facts about Global Indices

The Global Indices database gives you access to 148 country indexes including equity markets, fixed income markets, and commodities markets for 64 instruments for over 168 countries. Combined with Historic Global Indices (148 country indexes covering 138 instruments for 64 countries from 2003-present) and Yesterday's Global Indices data sets, it also includes economic and corporate data for 64 countries from Q1 2003 to present.
  • What are global indices?

    Global Indices are a way of measuring the value of shares in a company that operates in multiple countries. A global index is calculated by taking the total market capitalisation of all the companies that trade in it and then dividing that by the number of shares. To ensure that the price of each share is taken into account when calculating the index, you multiply this price by the number of outstanding shares.
  • What are the indices today?

    The index prices are designed to accurately reflect the value of common stocks. Global Stock Indices is a weekly service that provides index values and return figures for thousands of stock markets worldwide. The objective is to make these data available in the most accurate and credible form. This site also includes daily, monthly, annual and historical indices for almost 2000 indexes worldwide. Current Weekly Values include: Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, NASDAQ Composite Index, Citigroup Large Cap World Index, Reuters/Jefferies CRB Indexes, and more.