Comparing Private Debt to GDP in US, UK and Australia

The chart below shows the private debt to GDP in the US, UK and Australia:

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Source: The Absolute Return Letter February 2012, The Unlikely Bull Market

Absolute Return Partners, LLP

British households are more leveraged than households in the U.S. Private debt peaked at over 450% of GDP in 2008 in UK compared to over 300% and 150% in US and Australia respectively. While households have started the de-leveraging process after the credit crisis they still have a long way to go before reaching manageable debt levels. As consumers reduce debt consumption of goods and services is bound to suffer. Hence any recovery in the  consumer-driven economies of US and UK will be modest. Accordingly investors may want to be cautious of the recent rally in global equity markets.

Related ETFs:

  • iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA)
  • SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
  • iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index (EWU)

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