Australia Stock Market Valuations and Expected Future Returns

Updated at Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:30:17 -0600
Country: Australia (updated daily) check out Global Overview for detailed methodology.

Ratio of total market cap over GDP: Maximum - 229%; Minimum - 94%; current - 110%
Expected future annual return: 12.8%

ETF Used for dividend yield: EWA (Yield=4.35%)
Market Index used: S&P/ASX 300
Current Annual GDP: $1,455 billion US dollars or 1,891 in billions of national currency (GDP in Local Current Prices Annual Growth=5.32%)
Data since year 2000

Australia Historical GDP Growth

Historical GDP of Australia in billions of national currency. The GDP in local current prices has grown at the annual rate of 5.32% over the past 8 years. Please note this growth rate includes the effect of price inflation and it is NOT the real GDP growth rate. Current Annual GDP: $1,455 billion US dollars or 1,891 in billions of national currency.

Australia GDP (Billion, National Currency)

Historical Stock Market Cap

Historical total market of Australia in billions of national currency. This value is normalized using the data published by WorldBank. S&P/ASX 300 is used for the normalization. The S&P/ASX 300 provides up to an additional 100 small cap stocks to the S&P/ASX 200. Index constituents are drawn from eligible companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Australia Total Market Cap (Billion, National Currency)

Historical Ratio of Total Market Cap over GDP (%)

The current ratio of total market cap over GDP for Australia is 110%. The historical high was 229%; the historical low was 94%. If we assume that the ratio will reverse to the historical mean of 141% over the next 8 years, the contribution to expected annual return is 3.13%. This is the detailed historical chart of the ratio.

Australia Ratio of Total Market Cap over GDP (%)

Predicted and Actual Returns

From the equation presented on the U.S. market valuation page,

Investment Return (%) = Dividend Yield (%) + Business Growth (%) + (Re/Rb)(1/T)-1

We can compute the predicted and actual returns of the Australia stock market over a given time period, T. In the calculation, we set T to equal eight years, the approximate length of a full economic cycle. The calculated results are presented in the chart below. The green line indicates the expected, or predicted return if the market ratio trends near the average ratio of 141% over the next eight years.

The blue line indicates the actual, annualized return of the Australia stock market over eight years. We use “S&P/ASX 300” to do the actual return calculation. We can see the calculations largely predicted the trend in the stock market as the blue line is closely parallel to the green line.

Predicted and Actual Returns of Australia


The stock market of Australia is expected to return 12.8% a year for the coming years. This is from the contribution of economic growth in local current prices: 5.32%, Dividend Yield: 4.35% and valuation reverse to the mean 3.13%.

This is the projected return of the stock market in Australia relative to other countries. Click on each bar in the chart to go to other countries:

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