Comparitive Information for South Africa, Australia and the UK

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Comparitive Information for South Africa, Australiaand the UK
Key Indicators: RSA   AUS UK
Population (millions) 50.5 21.5 61.9
GDP (US$ billions) 357.3 1,235.50 2,247.50
GDP per capita (US$) 7,158 55,950 36,120
GDP (PPP) as share (%) of world total 0.71% 1.19% 2.94%
Interest Rate as at June 2012 5.50% 3.75% 0.50%
Inflation Rate as at June 2012 5.70% 1.60% 2.80%
Unemployment Rate 23.90% 5.10% 8.20%
World Ranking(out of 142)
Basic requirements: RSA AUS UK
Institutions 46 13 15
Infrastructure 62 24 6
Macroeconomic environment 55 26 85
Health and primary education 131 10 14
Efficiency enhancers:
Higher education and training 73 11 16
Goods market efficiency 32 22 19
Labor market efficiency 95 13 7
Financial market development 4 6 20
Technological readiness 76 22 8
Market size 25 19 6
Innovation and sophistication factors:
Business sophistication 38 29 8
Innovation 41 22 13
The most problematic factors for doing business in percentages:
RSA AUS UK
Restrictive labor regulations 16.1 16.6 8.4
Inefficient government bureaucracy 19.6 12.3 13.5
Tax rates 0.5 12.3 17.8
Access to financing 3.5 10.7 14.5
Inadequate supply of infrastructure 8 10.3 5
Tax regulations 0.8 8 11.7
Inadequately educated workforce 16.8 7.7 6.8
Poor work ethic in national labor force 5.5 7.4 6.1
Inflation 1.1 6.8 9.4
Policy instability 3.2 5.3 4
Foreign currency regulations 1.9 2.5 0.6
Corruption 11.5 0 0.9
Crime and theft 9.8 0 0.2
Government instability/coups 0 0 0
Poor public health 1.8 0 0.8
Source: The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012 © 2011 World Economic Forum

 

 

 

 

UK House Prices

 

2012 started well for the UK property market with both sales and rental asking prices rising for the first time since Sep. ’11. Over the past year, London’s average sales asking price increased by 7.3% – the equivalent of £2,617 per month. Nonetheless, the figures are well below their pre-financial crisis levels, and in real terms property prices are still around 25% lower which only leaves them one place to go – up.
The United Kingdom is a triple “A” rated economy in which property prices have doubled every 7 years for the past 100 years.

 

 

 

Australian Property Prices

Australian property investors sidestepped the worst of  the global financial crisis as the country’s housing market held up well. Prices for Australia overall show a similar  trend, with average prices over the six major capital cities growing at an average of 8.6% per annum since 1955 until  Global financial crisis of 2008 also halted growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real; House Prices

 

When we look at the graph we can see that the amazing boom years from 2000 to 2006 are long gone, when house prices rose by an average of almost 20% annually. As a result of the empowered middle class, the house prices peaked in 2004 with 32% growth. The Global financial crisis ground the boom to a halt in 2008 and prices still haven’t recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparitive currency exchange rates over the last 12 years:
Date AUD USD EUR GBP
15/06/2000 4.15 6.90 6.58 10.56
15/06/2001 4.21 8.00 6.90 11.25
15/06/2002 5.87 10.48 9.90 15.69
15/06/2003 5.24 7.78 9.21 13.08
15/06/2004 4.49 6.47 7.85 11.82
15/06/2005 5.20 6.77 8.20 12.34
15/06/2006 5.09 6.90 8.71 12.75
15/06/2007 5.98 7.12 9.51 14.07
15/06/2008 7.55 8.12 12.53 15.90
15/06/2009 6.46 8.06 11.16 13.17
15/06/2010 6.59 7.69 9.43 11.33
15/06/2011 7.26 6.80 9.72 11.05
15/06/2012 8.41 8.39 10.56 13.01
Gain over 12 Years against the Rand:
103% 21.60% 60.48% 23.20%
Gain on 15/06/2012 if you invested when the Rand was at its weakest over the past 12 years:
11.39% -19.94% -15.72% -18.18%
 Source: X-Rates

 

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