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The main South Korean index this November 22: South Korean market closed with losses of 0.59%

This year the markets have registered a constant volatility.  (Infobae)
This year the markets have registered a constant volatility. (Infobae)

adverse session for KOSPIwhich ended the day of Tuesday, November 22 with falls of the 0.59%until the 2,405.27 points. The KOSPI scored a maximum of 2,426.40 points and a minimum volume of 2,401.50 points. The trading range for the KOSPI between its highest and lowest point (maximum-minimum) during this day it stood at the 1.03%.

In reference to the profitability of the last week, the KOSPI scores a drop in 3.03%so that in the last year it still maintains a decrease in 19.81%. The KOSPI a 19.54% below its maximum this year (2,989.24 points) and a 11.59% above its minimum valuation so far this year (2,155.49 points).

What is a stock index and what is it for?

a stock index is an indicator that shows how the price of a set of assets changesfor which it takes data from various companies or sectors of a fragment of the market.

These indicators are used mainly by the stock markets of different countries of the world and each of them can be integrated by companies with different specificities such as having a similar market capitalization or belonging to the same type of industry, in addition, there are some indices that only consider a handful of shares to determine their value or others that consider hundreds of shares.

Stock indices serve as indicator of confidence in the stock market, business confidence, the health of the national and global economy, and the performance of stock investments and shares of an entity. If investors are not confident, stock prices tend to fall.

They also work to measure the performance of an asset manager and they allow investors to make a comparison between profitability and risk; measure the opportunities of a financial asset or create portfolios.

These types of indicators began to be used at the end of the 19th century after the journalist Charles H. Dow. carefully observed how the shares of the companies tended to rise or fall together in price, so he created two indices: one that contained the 20 most important railway companies (since it was the most important industry at the time), as well as 12 shares of other types of businesses

Today there are various indices and they can be grouped according to their location, sectors, company size or even the type of assetFor example, the US Nasdaq index is made up of the 100 largest companies mostly related to technology such as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG), Tesla (TSLA ), Nvidia (NVDA), PayPal (PYPL), Comcast (CMCSA), Adobe (ADBE).

How to read an index?

Each stock index has its own way of calculating, but the main factor is the market capitalization of each company that integrates it. This is obtained by multiplying the value of the title on the corresponding stock market by the total number of shares that are in the hands of investors.

Companies listed on the stock market are required to present a balance of its composition. Said report must be made public every three or six months, as the case may be.

Reading a stock index also involves examining its changes over time. Current indices always start with a fixed value based on stock prices on their start date, but not everyone follows this method. Therefore, it can be misleading.

If one index adds 500 points in a day, while another only adds 20, it might appear that the former outperformed. However, if the first started the day at 30,000 points and the other at 300, it can be concluded that, in percentage terms, the gains for the second were more remarkable.

What are the major stock indices?

Between the major US stock indices is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, better known as Dow Jonesmade up of 30 companies, the S&P 500, which includes 500 of the largest companies on the New York Stock Exchange. Finally, the Nasdaq 100which links 100 of the largest non-financial firms.

On the other hand, the most prominent indices of Europe are the eurostoxx 50, which covers the 50 largest companies in the euro area. He too DAX 30, the main German index containing the strongest companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange; the FTSE 100 from the London Stock Exchange; the ACC 40 from the Paris Stock Exchange; and the IBEX 35from the Spanish stock market.

In Asiawe have the nikkei 225, made up of the 225 largest companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Also, the SSE Composite Index, which can be considered the most representative of China, made up of the most relevant companies on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The same role played by the Hang Seung Index in Hong Kong and the KOSPI in South Korea.

Talking about the latin american regionyou have the CPIwhich contains the 35 most powerful firms on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV). At least a third of them belong to the capital of tycoon Carlos Slim.

Another is the Bovespa, made up of the 50 most important companies on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange; the Merval from Argentina; the IPSA From Chile; the MSCI COLCAP from Colombia; the IBC de Caracas, made up of 6 companies from Venezuela.

Similarly, there are other types of global stock market indices such as the MSCI Latin Americawhich includes the 137 most important companies in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Similarly, there is MSCI World, which includes 1,600 companies from 23 developed countries; the MSCI Emerging Markets, made up of more than 800 companies from developing countries; and the S&P Global 100made up of the 100 most powerful multinational firms on the entire planet.

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