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PSE Stocks: Annual Performance and Year-end Closing Prices

Last updated: January 6, 2019

Without a doubt, investing in stocks is risky, uncertain, and unpredictable. Proof? The ever fluctuating price levels of the Philippine Stock Exchange index, also known as the PSEi, the country’s stock market index generally regarded as a proxy for the Philippines’ economic and business conditions.

In the last 10 years, the PSEi booked constant growths, generating profits and gains of as high as 63% to investors. But in some years too, the PSEi ended the year down, leaving investors reeling from capital losses.

The graph below summarizes how the PSEi actually performed every year in the last 10 years, from 2008 to 2018.

PSEi Annual Returns from 2008 to 2018

In 2018, the PSEi set a new milestone when it reached an all-time high level of 9,078.37 points. At the same time, however, it plunged more than 25% from its peak to record the lowest level of 6,790.58 points this year. What a crazy rollercoaster ride it has been.

All in all, the PSEi closed the year 2018 with full-year performance of -12.76%. This is the fourth time in the last 10 years that the PSEi ended the year at a loss.

The biggest loss booked by the PSEi in the last 10 years was the -48.29% loss in 2008, at the height of the global economic crisis caused by the subprime mortgage problem in the U.S.

Coming from this low base, Philippine stocks recovered and surged the next year (2009), generating the highest full-year gain of 63% in the last ten years.

Interested to see the historical year-end closing prices of the PSEi and its annual returns year after year? We compiled the 18-year data of the Philippine stock market index and summarized it in the table below.

PSEi Historical Price Levels and Annual Performance

YearPSEi Year-end Closing Price LevelPSEi 1-Year Return (%)
2018 7,466.02 -12.76%
2017 8,558.42 25.11%
2016 6,840.64 -1.60%
2015 6,952.08 -3.85%
2014 7,230.57 22.76%
2013 5,889.83 1.33%
2012 5,812.73 32.86%
2011 4,374.96 4.14%
2010 4,201.14 37.62%
2009 3,052.68 63.00%
2008 1,872.85 -48.29%
2007 3,621.60 21.43%
2006 2,982.54 42.29%
2005 2,096.04 14.99%
2004 1,822.83 26.38%
2003 1,442.37 41.63%
2002 1,018.41 -12.81%
2001 1,168.08

Where’s the PSEi headed next year? Your guess is as good as mine. Enjoy the ride and happy investing!

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