The losses of investors on the world stock market amounted to US $6.3 trillion in 2011, according to KyivWeekly. The aggregate capitalization of global business dropped 12.1% last year to US $45.7 trillion. The devastating earthquake in Japan, aggravation of the debt problems of euro zone countries and reduction of the ranking of the U.S. economy by Standard & Poor’s served as key factors that led to a crash on stock market exchanges.

“The financial crisis has returned to the world economy and we are now a second global wave of recession is looming on the horizon, something many financial analysts have expected since mid-2009,” analyst with I-INVEST Vladyslav Fedorov told KW. The Ukrainian stock exchange couldn’t dodge this global trend. In 2011, the PFTS index dropped by nearly 46% and the Ukrainian Exchange index – by 41.5%.

This year, the situation could see a repeat. “The dynamics of the Ukrainian stock exchange market and the potential of growth of shares of Ukrainian companies in 2012 will depend on the trends on world financial markets,” predicts Olena Yevdochenko, Head of the Analytical Department at IG UNIVER. “And they are not likely to come out of the turbulence zone.”