How does Australia look from overseas? Wobbly

For the 30 years to December 2014, the S&P/ASX200 index returned 11.4% a year on average, whereas the MSCI World index returned 10.1%. That might not sound like a huge difference but it means a balance of $10,000 invested here would have grown to $255,009, as opposed to $179,316 if it was invested “over there”. Australian investors in ASX-listed companies also benefit from franking credits, where company tax paid on profits counts towards the shareholder’s personal tax liability. For someone in retirement, who pays no tax, $1 of fully-franked dividend is magically transformed to $1.43. Fantastic! Even better, Australian...

For the 30 years to December 2014, the S&P/ASX200 index returned 11.4% a year on average, whereas the MSCI World index returned 10.1%.

That might not sound like a huge difference but it means a balance of $10,000 invested here would have grown to $255,009, as opposed to $179,316 if it was invested “over there”.

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