During the first half of 2012, 82 worldwide stock markets returned an average of 5.4%. About 71% of them had positive returns. The best performer was Venezuela, where $100 invested at the beginning of the year would be worth $228.50 by June 30. Pakistan was a distant second with a 25.8% return. If you wanted to make a small fortune by starting with a larger one, Ukraine and Sri Lanka markets saw losses of 31.8% and 16.9%, respectively. Here at home, the TSX composite lost 1.5% of its value, putting it in 62nd place out of 82 markets. The S&P 500 in the United States had a 9.5% positive return.