The world has faced tough conditions so far this year ... and yet somehow the major indices have held-up reasonably well.
In addition, the up-coming election will impact markets. Clearly, the Democrats would love to see a rally. In contrast, I've heard Republican CEOs admit that they are consciously casting doubt on the economy.
Despite the onslaught of scary news stories and political maneuverings, the S&P 500 managed to gain approximately 7% in the first half of this year. Pretty impressive considering ...
So, how does that compare to other markets around the world? Here is an interactive chart to answer that question.