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Australia’s Taxing Matter

By Roger Conrad on March 27, 2013

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The Next Great Economic Superpower

Imagine a country that has everything an investor could hope for: an abundance of natural resources, a strong currency and a low debt-to-GDP ratio that ensures financial stability for decades to come. Plus, 1.2 million millionaires as residents.

At one time not that long ago, this description would have fit the United States. Sadly, most of its natural resources have been depleted, its currency is a shadow of its former self and its national debt now exceeds 100% of its gross domestic product.

That’s not to say that the USA is doomed, but its days of being a global economic superpower are numbered.

The conventional wisdom is that China is waiting in the wings to supplant America as the next great economic superpower, but there’s a huge problem with that theory.

China has a dearth of natural resources relative to the size of its population. Its currency is not trusted by the other developed nations. And its national debt is growing at an alarming rate as it builds out the infrastructure necessary to support a population of more than 1 billion people.

So if China is not the next great economic superpower, then who is?

Not Russia, with a corrupt government that subverts efforts to convert to capitalism. Not Germany, which has become the banker of last resort to its feeble European neighbors. And certainly none of the South American countries that careen from one despotic ruler to the next.

No, there is really only one country that meets this definition on all counts… and it’s Australia.

Yes, you heard me right, the “Land Down Under” is on the verge of becoming the next great economic superpower, and there is still time for investors to catch the first wave of the coming tsunami of new wealth that it will generate.

Sound as a Pound

It starts with the currency. There is no better indicator of an economy’s health than the strength of its money. The story of the Australian dollar says it all. If you parked $100,000 in Australia in October of 2008, four years later you could have repatriated that money for $166,129.

Not invested in a gold stock… or a telecom… or a utility. I’m talking about a 66% return from putting your money in an Australian savings account!

When you have sound money, everything else falls into place. It’s like flying with a tailwind. If the currency is appreciating, you get richer even if your investment stands still.

Discover the Land That Lives Within Its Means

As the U.S. and Europe drive debt to record levels, Australia practices fiscal restraint. Australia’s debt-to-GDP ratio is only about one-third of Germany’s… one-fourth the U.S.’s… and just one-sixth of Greece’s.

This fiscal discipline brings benefits. Australia is growing faster than any other advanced economy and has posted 21 consecutive years of economic growth. While just 51st in population, Australia is now the world’s 12th-largest economy.

While unemployment is rampant worldwide, in Australia the jobless rate is just 5.7%. And thousands of new jobs are being created every month. But that’s not all…

  • Australia was the only developed country whose GDP actually grew during the 2008-2009 recession
  • Inflation in the Land Down Under is at the incredible low rate of 2.3%
  • Energy exports have grown at a 7% annual rate since 1998, and are accelerating
  • Most of Australia’s minerals and energy exports will increase this year… including liquid natural gas (up 21%), coal (14%), copper (10%) and iron ore (8%).

The Highest Dividends in the World

According to The Wall Street Journal, Australian stocks’ average yield of 3.5% is more than any other major stock market in the world.

That’s because Australian companies reward their shareholders with far more cash than American companies do. The 50 biggest Aussie companies pay out an average of 65% of their profits, for an average yield of 4.0%. By contrast, the average payout ratio of the S&P 500 is 28%, for a paltry yield of 1.9%.

This generosity applies across the board. Take Australia’s banks, which are among the safest in the world. All four major Australian banks made Global Finance’s ranking of the world’s 50 safest banks. Right now, those four banks pay annual dividends of 5.6%… 5.2%… 5.2%… and 4.7%! (Compare that to Bank of America, which pays 0.4%… or Citigroup, which pays 0.1%.)

And remember… those yields are in Aussie terms. So if the Australian dollar appreciates, it lifts the value of your dividends and capital gains even higher.

Open a position in Australian stocks now and you could easily see 50% currency appreciation… plus a 5% yield… plus 50% capital appreciation in the next few years.

But Australia has another advantage, and it’s a real game-changer…

The China Card

Australia is the best-positioned country in the world to supply Asia’s exploding demand for natural resources.

The lucky country is blessed with extraordinary resources and close proximity to the world’s largest pool of consumers. Every time China grows… Australia pulls in more profits.

With China adding more electricity each year than the annual consumption of Brazil, and India demanding record levels of energy, Australia is being asked to supply a huge amount of coal and natural gas to its neighbors.

Australia is on the verge of joining the world’s top 5 global energy suppliers. It’s already the world’s largest exporter of coal. It is also sitting on one of the world’s largest untapped supplies of natural gas—what many experts are picking as the future’s #1 energy source.

Chevron, Shell and Exxon are spending billions of dollars developing natural gas in Australia. When their sites come online, Australia’s natural gas exports are going to surge.

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Meanwhile, the more inflation Washington generates with deficit spending, the higher Australia’s resource-backed currency will appreciate versus the dollar. Why watch your nest egg stagnate in U.S. markets that are going nowhere fast? Why not put at least some of your funds in Australia instead… a country whose currency and economy are wisely managed, soundly tested and proven over time.

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