General Government Gross Debt as a Percentage of GDP by Country 2016

The majority of the G-20 countries recorded a deficit in 2016. Only South Korea and Germany had a budget surplus last year. In all the other countries government expenditures exceeded revenues. The gross debt level also remains high in G-20 countries. The chart below shows that Japan had the highest debt levels that was over …

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Global Equity Markets: Which Markets are Cheap and Which Markets are Expensive?

US Stocks have performed well so far this year with the S&P 500 up by over 10% based on price returns. However though US stocks can still go higher on a valuation basis, they are expensive relative to other major markets in the world including other developed markets. Though American stocks always commanded a premium …

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The Top 10 Developed Countries by Dividend Yield

The dividend yield on the S&P 500 was 2.01% at the end of July. The yield has stayed around the 2% for many years now. This yield rate is low relative to other developed markets. In the US, investors and companies alike have a preference for share buybacks than dividends due to multitude of reasons. For …

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Australian vs. Global Share Returns in 30 Years: Chart

Australian stocks have outperformed global shares in the past 30 years thru December 2016. The average annual return for Aussie stocks was 9.1% compared to 7.1% for global shares according to the following chart: Click to enlarge   Source: Fidelity Australia Download: Australian vs. Global Share Returns in 30 Years (in pdf) Related ETFs: iShares MSCI …

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Why it is Important to Stay Invested During Adverse Market Conditions

Patience is one of the key factors that determines success in equity investing. Patience is especially important when markets are in a downward spiral due to any number of reasons. During bear markets it is extremely tempting for most investors to cut down the losses and sell out everything and move to cash. However it …

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