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DAX 30

A decade of trade: 2009 — 2019

How have the constituents of the DAX 30 fared over the past 10 years? Explore the chart below to separate the stalwarts and fast growers from the cyclicals and turnarounds.

Since the beginning of the global economic expansion, the DAX has amassed a return of 223% (including dividend returns), producing an annualised return of 12%. Years of strong economic growth relative to its peers within the Euro Area and the ECB introducing quantitative easing have been among factors that have seen the DAX outperform. Alongside this, with over 50% of the DAX influenced by the manufacturing sector developments on the global trade front have been increasingly critical to the returns generated by the DAX. 2018 saw the worst performance in the DAX since the financial crisis as manufacturers had been dented by the risks tied to trade wars.

DAX 30: 2009 — 2019

Graph shows DAX 30 performance year on year over the past decade. Additional companies can be added to the chart using the search facility and filters below.

The DAX 30:
A decade of trade

Christian Henke

Christian Henke

Senior Market Analyst, IG group

2018 was a catastrophic year for the stock markets. Share prices were affected by several geopolitical crises. The still unresolved trade war between the US and China and the never-ending Brexit drama caused uncertainty. 2018 was also the year of monetary policy. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates twice. In Europe, low interest rates remain unchanged. Furthermore, the DAX lost around 18% in value. One of the biggest losses in the past years.

However, the DAX was able to increase significantly in the years before. German stocks were mainly driven by loose monetary policy in the United States and in the Eurozone. Across the Atlantic, the US Federal Reserve had bought up government bonds on a large scale. On the old continent, the stock markets benefited from the before mentioned low interest rates.

In the years from 2008 to 2012, investors could feel the European financial crisis. After the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008, the catastrophic situation in Greece was added as a stress factor in 2011. A test for the Eurozone. The financial markets, including the DAX, lost significant value in 2008 until mid-2009. The same was true from August 2011 onwards. Central banks then came to rescue the struggling financial markets.