The Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe 2024: Chart

Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe widely. In most countries the personal income tax is progressive meaning higher income earners pay higher taxes and vice versa. According to the Tax Foundation, the Top Personal Tax Rate in Europe in 2024 is in Denmark, France and Austria in that order.

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Source: Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe, 2024, Tax Foundation

The average personal income tax rate in Europe this year is 42.8%.

Bulgaria and Romania charge the lowest rate at 10% followed by Moldova.

One Good Reason To Stay Invested: Chart

One of the topics I have discussed many before is the concept of patience and long-term investing. Holding quality stocks for many years or decades generally leads to higher returns due to the effect of compounding. Though long-term investing sounds simple it is not easy to follow for a variety of reasons. For instance, on a daily basis we are bombarded with tons of information that we have process thru. Most of it just noise and sometimes it can incredibly difficult to ignore them. I came across the below chart which shows the many events that investors were faced with from 2004 to 2023:

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Source: 2024 Quick Reference Guide, AGF Investments

Some investors may been tempted to sell out when many of these events occurred. For example, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis(GFC) hit most markets of the world and it looked like all the stocks would go to zero and they would shut down the markets forever. However investors that held on all thru the chaos and continued to have faith in the markets were rewarded nicely. The above chart shows a C$10K investment would have grown to nearly $45K by the end of 2023 based on returns of the S&P/TSX Total Return Index for the Canadian market.

Related ETF:

  •  iShares MSCI Canada ETF (EWC)

Disclosure: No positions

Canada S&P/TSX Annual Total Returns from 1920 to 2023: Chart

I posted the S&P/TSX Annual Returns chart late last year that had the data thru 2022. Recently AGF Investments updated the chart with the 2023 data. The chart below shows the average annual return of the Canadian equity market over the past 100 years is 7.55%. As with most other major developed markets, the number of years in which Canadian stocks have had positive returns is higher than the number of years with negative returns.

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Source: 2024 Quick Reference Guide, AGF Investments

Related ETF:

  •  iShares MSCI Canada ETF (EWC)

Disclosure: No positions

How the US Tax System Works: Infographic

The Tax Day for filing taxes by individuals in the US is April 15th of each year. If the date falls on a weekend or a holiday it is adjusted accordingly. The taxes for 2023 is due on the 15th of next month. With that said, I came across the below infographic from Peterson Foundation that gives a brief overview of the US tax system.

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Source: Peter G.Peterson Foundation

Ten Oil Stocks To Consider

Oil prices are rising again. Brent prices for May delivery closed at $85.42 on Friday. Year-to-date prices have gone up by 12%. Higher oil prices has lead to higher gasoline prices at the pump. Earlier this month, OPEC announced the extension of production cuts through the end of this year. Geopolitical risks have not subsided and will continue to exist for the foreseeable future. Higher oil prices are generally beneficial to oil companies. Hence investors looking to gain exposure to the oil industry can consider adding oil stocks in a phased manner when equity markets turn volatile.

Ten large oil companies that investors can consider for further research are listed below with their current dividend yields:

1.Company: Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.42%
Country: USA

2.Company: Shell PLC (SHEL)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.8%
Country: UK

3.Company: Chevron Corp (CVX)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.19%
Country: USA

4.Company: BP PLC (BP)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.55%
Country: UK

5.Company: TotalEnergies SE (TTE)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.7%
Country: France

6.Company: Eni SpA (E)
Current Dividend Yield: 6.28%
Country: Italy

7.Company: Equinor ASA (EQNR)
Current Dividend Yield: 13.71%
Country: Norway

8.Company: Ecopetrol SA (EC)
Current Dividend Yield: 14.0%
Country: Colombia

9.Company: ConocoPhillips (COP)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.48%
Country: USA

10.Company: Phillips 66(PSX)
Current Dividend Yield: 2.64%
Country: USA


a) Dividend yields noted above are as of Mar 15, 2014. Data is known to be accurate from sources used. Please use your own due diligence before making any investment decisions.

b)For foreign companies listed above, dividend withholding taxes will reduce the dividend yields quoted.

Disclosure: Long EC