Investment Worlds Collide: While US Americans Sell Off Commodities ETFs, Europeans Invest EUR2.8 Billion

September 23, 2021 ( Newswire) European investors poured a,!2.8 billion into commodities ETFs in the first half of the year. Americans took a completely different approach, withdrawing the equivalent of a,!900 million euros from such ETFs. In general, however, Americans placed 399% more money into ETFs than Europeans, according to a new infographic by

The picture shown is by no means atypical: while Europeans and especially Germans prefer conservative investments – think gold, for example – investors on the other side of the Atlantic are increasingly placing their bets on equities. If one takes a look at the last few years, investors who are willing to take risks have certainly had the upper hand.

As the infographic shows, 70 of the 100 most valuable listed companies worldwide are located in the United States of America. Just one is based in Germany. By comparison, as recently as 2002 five of the top 100 most valuable companies were based in Germany, namely Deutsche Telekom, Mannesmann, Allianz, DaimlerChrysler and Siemens.

The relevance of the US is especially evident when looking at the market capitalisation of individual companies. For example, Apple is valued higher on the stock market than all 40 DAX-listed companies combined. In general, Americans are more inclined to make supposedly riskier investments. According to current data, 11% of US citizens own cryptocurrencies, compared to around 6% in Germany.

However, the fact that the majority of the particularly highly valued companies are located in the USA does not mean that that is where the bulk of innovations come from. Germany continues to be particularly strong in fundamental research. In terms of natural science and engineering publications per 1,000 inhabitants, Germany and the USA are almost on a par. The situation is markedly different when it comes to technology unicorns per capita: this figure is 341% higher in the USA. aEURoeWhile Germany does not seem to be lacking in research, it lags behind when it comes to scaling, among other things,aEUR? observes Block-Builders analyst Raphael Lulay.

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