Major U.S. stock indexes are poised to end 2015 little changed for the year. But under that seemingly calm surface were some dramatic swings in global markets, making for some very big winners as well as big losers in stocks, bonds, commodities and other investments.
Indeed, 2015 may be remembered mostly as a year of wild divergences in markets. You could more than double your money in a stock like Netflix — or lose more than half your money in what had appeared to be a promising young shale-oil driller.
Here's a look at some of the year's most significant market trends and the winners and losers they created: