The Top Ten Gold Producing Countries in 2020: Chart

The Top Ten Gold Producing Countries in 2020 is shown in the chart below. It is surprising that China was the top producer with over 368 tonnes followed by Russia and Australia. South Africa, the traditional leader in gold production is missing in this list. In fact, among African countries only Ghana made it to the list at number six.

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Source: UPDATED: Top 10 Gold Producing Countries, U.S. Global Investors

On a related note, the SPDR Gold Trust ETF is down over 7% YTD. In the past five years the fund has grown by 33%. Despite fears of inflation and equities too expensive, gold hasn’t had a great run so far this year. It remains to be see if gold benefits from any correction or crash in the equity market.

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  • SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)

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Apple’s Market Cap is Now Larger Than The Entire Australian Stock Market

Apple(APPL), the world’s already most valuable company is getting even more valuable. Last week Apple’s stock jumped to closed at another record. As of yesterday the market cap was $2.4 Trillion. With Friday’s closing at $145.11 the stock us up over 12% year-to-date. Over the past five years the stock has soared by over 487%.

Currently the P/E exceeds 32 and the dividend yield is 0.61%. The outstanding shares have been increasing as well over the past few years. Apple has over 16 billion shares outstanding.

From an Australian perspective, Apple’s market cap based on Friday’s close is $3.24 Trillion Australian Dollars. The market cap of the entire Australian Stock Market as represented by all the companies listed on the ASX is $2.75 Trillion AUD. So Apple’s market cap is larger than the ASX by 18%. This is indeed astonishing !. One single US company is now worth more than all the companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.

The million dollar question is why is there no Australian company that can compete against Apple. Despite being a developed country, countries like Australia are unable to create companies that are innovative and be able to compete at the global level. So from a technological industry perspective, Australia is more like any other developing country. It is not just Australia that lag miserably in technical innovation. Canada, the UK and entire Europe is filled with also-run companies in the tech industry.

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Source: Yahoo Finance

Hat Tip: Market Index. Australia

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Are Mega Cap Tech Stocks Today’s Best Value Stocks?

Value stocks have outperformed growth stocks so far this year. Value stocks are generally considered “cheap” and are good value for the money. Hence as the US economy is in recovery mode value stocks have roared back from the depths of last year’s pandemic nightmare. While there hundreds of value stocks in the US market, one wouldn’t consider the mega cap tech stocks as value stocks. So I was intrigued when I came across a story at FirstLinks that argued that mega cap tech stocks are today’s best value stocks and made the case for investment in them.

Of the six mega cap stocks, four are US-based and are shown below:

Facebook has a market cap of over $980.0 billion and the  P/E is over 30. Amazon has double the market cap at over $1.90 Trillion and the P/E is about 70. Microsoft’s market cap is $2.1 Trillion and Alphabet’s is over $1.70 Trillion. Only Microsoft pays a dividend.

Andrew Macken, the author of the FirstLinks piece mentions three reasons why these stocks are cheap. Of those the following is interesting:

3. Current valuations are too conservative

The final reason that mega-tech stocks are great value is their attractive valuations. Our analysis shows that the expectations baked into the current stock prices of our big-tech names are far too conservative.

  • In the case of three dominant US cloud providers, AmazonMicrosoft and Alphabet, for example, their implied collective annual cloud revenues by 2030 are in the order of just $650 billion higher than current levels, according to consensus estimates. This is a tiny fraction of the $8 trillion increment that Microsoft CEO Nadella expects to accrue to the tech space over the next decade. If Nadella’s forecast above is even remotely accurate, then these cloud providers will see much higher revenues (and earnings) in 2030 than what is currently being implied by consensus estimates.

  • Next, consider Tencent and Alibaba, the latter of which has of course suffered greatly from the Jack Ma saga, with the billionaire Alibaba founder’s fintech Ant Group IPO pulled at the last minute and with Ma reportedly under serious pressure from Chinese regulators and Government. In both cases, despite owning some of the most valuable data ecosystems in China and South-East Asia – including being the two dominant cloud providers on the Mainland – their respective stock prices imply very conservative sets of expectations. Said another way, if revenue growth for these businesses were to fall from healthy-double-digits, to just single-digits by 2025, an investor today would still make money, based on Montaka’s analysis.

  • And finally, the biggest head-scratcher of them all is Facebook, which is priced at a forward earnings multiple of just 14x. Some of the businesses trading at a higher multiple than this today include Australia’s Wesfarmers, Scentre Group, and plumbing parts supplier, Reece. At the current stock price, the market is effectively giving investors all of the upside from eCommerce, the monetisation of the creator economy, WhatsApp, Messenger and Reels, as well as Facebook’s growth in VR/AR for free!

Source: Why mega-tech growth are the best ‘value’ stocks in the market, FirstLinks

The entire article is worth a read.

Based on many of the assumptions the author makes even a 10.0 Trillion market cap for these companies sounds conservative indeed….

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Property Taxes by State: Chart

Property taxes vary widely between states in the U.S. Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of the market value of a property. Hence if house prices increases in a year, a homeowner will pay more in property taxes for the same property. The higher the value of the property the higher the taxes. States property taxes to fund all types of expenses such as funding for schools, libraries, parks, etc. Generally property taxes tend be high for the services provided. However unlike other things property taxes and its uses are hyper local. So in one community higher property taxes may lead to better services and facilities while in another it may not.

Property taxes are mandatory and is usually one of the largest expenses a homeowner faces after mortgage payments. Over the lifetime a homeowner may end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollar in taxes for the privilege of owning the home.

Some of the states with high property taxes are Texas, Illinois, New Hampshire and New Jersey. So it is not uncommon for some people to flee from high property tax states to lower tax states.

The following chart shows property taxes as percentage of occupied-housing value by state for 2019:

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Source: How High Are Property Taxes in Your State? by Jannelle Cammenga