While markets have been bad here, they've been even worse in many other areas of the world. Below we highlight the year to date performance of major equity indices in Japan, Germany, France, Canada, China, the UK, and the US. As shown, Canada and Japan are outperforming the US, but the rest are down quite a bit more. While the S&P 500 is down 12.6% this year, the UK is down 14.5%, Germany is down 20%, France is down 21%, and China is down 45%. All you had to do was short China and buy the US and you'd be making a killing this year. If it were only that easy.
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