Year in review quiz

All information and statistics correct as at 13 December 2021.
Which major sharemarket has performed best so far in 2021?

The United States has been the best performing market in 2021, with the S&P 500 index up more than 25% this year.

By how much has the NZX 50, New Zealand’s headline index, risen in 2021?

The NZX 50 hasn’t risen at all in 2021, it actually fell slightly, making for the first annual decline since 2011.

In 2021, the annual inflation rate in the United States rose to 6.8%, the highest since when?

In November, the headline US inflation rate increased to the highest level since 1982, when Ronald Reagan was President.

Which European country held an election in 2021?

Germany held an election in 2021, and this was significant as it marked the end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure as Chancellor.

What product did Microsoft pull the plug on this year?

Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer in 2022, after more than 25 years, in favour of Microsoft Edge.

The Official Cash Rate (OCR) started the year at 0.25%, where did it finish the year?

In 2021, the Reserve Bank increased the OCR for the first time since 2014, which saw it finish the year at 0.75%. More increases are expected in 2022.

Which of the “FAANG” technology stocks has been the best performer of 2021?

All of the “FAANGs” produced solid gains in 2021, although Google (Alphabet) was the strongest with a return of more than 70% (followed by Apple with a 33% rise).

Which company has been the best NZX 50 performer this year?

Skellerup, maker of Red Band gumboots, was the top performer in the NZX 50 in 2021, with a stellar return of more than 75%.

Which part of New Zealand has experienced the strongest house price growth in 2021?

House prices were strong across the board in 2021, although the picturesque Palmerston North was one of the standout regions with a 36.5% increase.

Most commodities have risen this year, but which of the below has been strongest?

Oil prices rallied more than 50% in 2021, rebounding from heavy falls in 2020 during the worst of the pandemic.

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