The FTSE All-World Index rose 24% over 2019, its best year since 2009. US stocks closed 2019 with their strongest annual gains since 2013. European shares rose 26% over the year, their largest annual gains since the introduction of the euro in 1999. In the UK, the FTSE 100 of larger companies recorded its biggest annual gains since 2016, while the FTSE 250, seen as a better reflection of the UK economy, surged 25% for the year in its best performance since 2013. Chinese stocks ended the year over 34% higher, their best run since 2014, while Australian stocks recorded their strongest annual gain since 2009, rising 18% over the year.