Equities have had a volatile 2010 so far, but globally they remain around 73 percent higher than the low ebb of the financial crisis exactly 12 months ago.

MSCI's all-country world stock index <.MIWD00000PUS>, a broad measure of global equities, hit a low on March 9, 2009.

The index then rose around 80 percent before hitting a high on January 11, this year.

On Tuesday, the index was down 0.8 percent, for a year to date gain of just 0.1 percent. But the index is up some 73 percent from its closing low one year ago.