The biggest loser, unsurprisingly, is Greece, which saw losses of 60% on its stock market this year. The country had to be bailed out over the summer as debts spiralled out of control.
Out of all the European nations, the UK and Ireland have fared the best, with losses hovering around the 10-11% mark. S&P's data shows that the FTSE 100 had a turbulent year, fluctuating between a low of 4,944 and a high of 6,091. Across the Channel, France and Germany saw double the losses experienced by Britain, with their shares plumetting by 23% apiece.
However, if there was anywhere in the world a trader could have chosen to weather out the financial storm, it was Indonesia, whcih lost just 0.71%. Southeast Asia as a whole did pretty well, despite the trauma caused by the Japanese tsunami. Thailand is down by just a smidge over 4%,the Philippines is down 2.47%, Malaysia by 5.5%.
The US has also come up smelling of roses. Across the pond, losses stand at just 4.58% - no wonder the dollar has been such a safe haven for investors.
All in all, it has been an appalling year for the global markets. And, with rating agencies threatening to downgrade every money-making institution in the world - Moody's is now holding its axe of gloom over the UK's trembling AAA rating too - things aren't looking much better for the first quarter of 2012.