International comparisons of Australia's investment and trading position

Daly, Kevin and Mishra, Anil V. (2006) International comparisons of Australia's investment and trading position. Journal of Investment Strategy, 1 (3). pp. 45-50. ISSN 1833-1041


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[Abstract]: Preliminary results suggest that Australia’s external holdings of equity and debt as a percentage of national income almost doubled between 1997 and 2001. However, Australia’s international investment position as a percentage of national income is one of the lowest amongst the major OECD countries. In 2001 approximately two-thirds of Australia’s total investments were in the United States and the United Kingdom. By contrast Australia’s trade share (exports plus imports as a percentage of Australia’s total world trade) with these countries was approximately 20 per cent in the same year. The major determinants of Australia’s geographical allocation of portfolio investment indicate a broad correspondence between stock market capitalisation of destination countries and the allocation of Australian financial investments but with some deviations from that baseline, where the deviations are correlated with Australian trade patterns.Australia's disproportionate investment in few countries can be attributable to an extension of the home bias puzzle that has been observed by many researchers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Anil Mishra
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Accounting
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:11
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: international; Australia; investments; trade
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140207 Financial Economics

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