Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Davids and Goliaths: Visualising GDP vs Market Capitalisation

In a world where individual investors of all sizes can be truly global, where does one put their money? Short answer: I don't know. However, it is a lot more straightforward to find out where everyone else's money is.

 Source: data.worldbank.org.

The dominance of the US, China and 'Other' makes it hard to see the remainder of the top 20, so here's a 'zoom' chart:

The independence of GDP and Market Capitalisation is well known  (market cap and GDP per capita is even more unrelated) and illustrated by my attempt to graph the top 20 nation states in both categories. Note:
  • Countries in Top 20 Market cap but not GDP: Hong Kong SAR 2.08%, South Africa 1.15%, Sweden 1.05%, Switzerland 2.03%.
  • Countries in Top 20 GDP but not Market Cap: Indonesia 1.39%, Poland 0.96%, Saudi Arabia 0.99%, Turkey 1.58%.
  • How much you produce and how much you're worth are unrelated. But you didn't need a graph to tell you life's not fair.
CountryMarket Cap 2012 (USD$m)% of World Market CapCountryGDP 2012 (USD$b)% of World GDP
Australia12864382.42%Australia982.21.15%
Brazil12298502.31%Brazil2328.82.73%
Canada20161173.79%Canada1483.61.74%
China36973766.95%China12240.114.34%
France18233393.43%France2412.62.83%
Germany14863152.80%Germany3430.14.02%
Hong Kong SAR, China11081272.08%India4749.25.56%
India12633352.38%Indonesia1187.71.39%
Italy4804530.90%Italy2002.32.35%
Japan36809826.92%Japan4629.75.42%
Korea, Rep.11804732.22%Korea, Rep.1548.71.81%
Mexico5250570.99%Mexico1987.32.33%
Netherlands6510041.22%Netherlands731.50.86%
Russian Federation8746591.65%Poland8160.96%
South Africa6123081.15%Russian Federation3260.63.82%
Spain9950951.87%Saudi Arabia846.10.99%
Sweden5605261.05%Spain1493.81.75%
Switzerland10790222.03%Turkey1345.71.58%
United Kingdom30194675.68%United Kingdom2331.92.73%
United States1866833335.11%United States15887.618.61%
Other692561813.03%Other19680.523.05%

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