New Zealand makes up less than 0.1% of the world’s share market. Australia, our closest neighbour (and where most New Zealand investors have tended to look for broader investment opportunities) makes up just over 2%. This means that over 97% of the world’s investment opportunities sit outside of our immediate geographic area.
Investing globally lets us access the powerhouses of the US, Europe, China and Japan, and also benefit from the growth in developing regions, such as India and Latin America.
The biggest company in the world (by market size) is tech-giant Apple Inc. In fact, Apple alone, is ten times the size of the New Zealand share market.