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Comparing the biggest US companies to the biggest UK companies.

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Where did we go wrong? Oh I know, we sat on the sidelines through the biggest revolution since the industrial revolution and ignored technology.
Our top 10 companies are nearly twice as old and worth 1/7th as much. Last week Apple's market cap gained $135billion, nearly the entire market cap of our richest company... in 1 week!

It's hard to pin point why the UK failed to get in on the tech boom but one things absolutely certain, the UK cannot rely on dinosaur industries to prop up our economy anymore.  There has to come a time when we realise this and start pushing out technology of our own? Boris wants to "build build build" infrastructure, well maybe he should do something to incentivise people to create technology companies? Maybe reduce the cost of computer science degrees by 50%. Maybe give tech startups (subject to approval of course) a 0% interest loan which is forgivable if the company goes bankrupt. Maybe slash the corporate tax rate for existing and new tech companies from 18% to 5% to encourage more people to create tech companies. 

I dunno I'm just spit balling but the world is becoming more and more digital, more and more tech orientated and if we don't get in on it soon we're going to be royally f'ed. There are 4 new industries on the horizon and those are AI, bio-engineering, space mining and alternative energies, all require a solid tech foundation which we don't have.  You know the saying about companies that fail to evolve end up failing to exist? Well that can happen to countries too you know, not cease to exist in the literal sense, but cease to exist on the world stage.  



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    CreditCardChrisCreditCardChris Forumite
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    edited 9 July at 8:34PM
    I dunno I'm just spit balling 
    Yes, you are almost up to 70 threads of spitballing now, and in quite a few of them you've been 'spitballing' the same points about how terrible the UK 'dinosaurs' are, to whoever would listen and generally disregarding any responses that don't accord with your world view. 

    Back in your 'finally opened a S&S ISA' thread in February your opening two posts included:
    I decided to go with a US 500 index tracker as the UK market has been a complete shambles for with old (oil, banking and insurance) dinosaur companies at the helm for far too long. 
    Why on Earth would I invest in this country when it has absolutely no drive to create powerhouse companies anymore?
    In April you had your "Why do people discourage investing only in the US markets" thread where you couldn't believe that people would really want to put their money anywhere other than the US, believing it to be the best and only place worth investing in.

    Then by June on the 'Is my portfolio too risky' thread you were asking
    Currently I'm investing in the Vanguard Global All Cap Index which is weighted 59.8% America, 17% Europe, 12.5% Pacific, 10.1% Emerging and 0.6% other.
    But now I'm thinking this is too risky and I should play it safer and go with the Vanguard S&P500 index fund instead? I feel very uneasy investing in countries which have lagged behind the US for the last 100 years.
    The world just isn't capable of keeping up with the US 
    You got a variety of answers, but maybe not as many as you'd have had if you didn't keep coming back to repetitive themes so more people were interested in getting involved in the discussion.

    And now one month on you want to set up another thread talking about how the US is so great and how the UK could never create a high growth company, and presumably still won't listen to any answers that don't pat you on the back and say wow this Credit Card Chris has been right all along.

    So, another month, another CCC thread about why you should only invest in the US because it's the only place that has AI and space mining on the public markets and every other part of the world including the UK is doomed.

    Not sure I have the energy to keep participating but I expect someone will pick up the baton.

    Actually this thread isn't about "why you should invest in the US", but more as a discussion of where it all went horribly wrong for the UK? From the mighty British Empire to a mid tier country with a sub par economy. To be honest if it can happen to us then perhaps you're right and in 40 years the US economy could fall off the perch and India, China and Brazil take over and rule the world. Our with old in with the new kinda thing. 

    Who knows... I guess it's just the natural cycle of things. There's only a certain amount of time you can remain dominant for, British Empire, Roman Empire, Persian Empire etc. They all ended up falling.
  • DiplodicusDiplodicus Forumite
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    It’s a good question Chris..

    ARM was the only U.K. company punching in big tech. . we sold it  (the Leave vote helped as it made the shares 10% cheaper for nothing).

    The pandemic has accelerated trends in business; the higher relative values of tech stocks are not going to “rebalance” as we get back to normal life. If you’re not invested now, you are late to the feast.

    bowlhead’s response looks a bit testy: play the ball, not the man imho.
  • CreditCardChrisCreditCardChris Forumite
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    It’s a good question Chris..

    ARM was the only U.K. company punching in big tech. . we sold it  (the Leave vote helped as it made the shares 10% cheaper for nothing).

    The pandemic has accelerated trends in business; the higher relative values of tech stocks are not going to “rebalance” as we get back to normal life. If you’re not invested now, you are late to the feast.

    bowlhead’s response looks a bit testy: play the ball, not the man imho.
    I am invested, I have been since February just as the market started to crash, my first buy was like -12% from the highs and I've been buying every month.

    He seems a bit testy because in all fairness I have made a lot of threads bashing the UK economy and he and many others have replied to them and are probably getting a bit frustrated with me by now but still I feel like it's important to find the root cause of why the UK refused to get involved (apart from 1 company) in the biggest revolution since the industrial revolution. If we can sit on the sidelines for the tech revolution, will we also sit on the sidelines for the AI, space and bioengineering revolutions too? That is a truly frighting prospect. 

    Imagine we're still plodding along with oil, banks, insurance and earth mining while the US is fusing brains with silicon chips, harvesting rare materials from planets and asteroids in space and created ground breaking AI / robotics that can perform brain surgery. 
  • grumiofoundationgrumiofoundation Forumite
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    I dunno I'm just spit balling 
    Yes, you are almost up to 70 threads of spitballing now, and in quite a few of them you've been 'spitballing' the same points about how terrible the UK 'dinosaurs' are, to whoever would listen and generally disregarding any responses that don't accord with your world view. 

    Back in your 'finally opened a S&S ISA' thread in February your opening two posts included:
    I decided to go with a US 500 index tracker as the UK market has been a complete shambles for with old (oil, banking and insurance) dinosaur companies at the helm for far too long. 
    Why on Earth would I invest in this country when it has absolutely no drive to create powerhouse companies anymore?
    In April you had your "Why do people discourage investing only in the US markets" thread where you couldn't believe that people would really want to put their money anywhere other than the US, believing it to be the best and only place worth investing in.

    Then by June on the 'Is my portfolio too risky' thread you were asking
    Currently I'm investing in the Vanguard Global All Cap Index which is weighted 59.8% America, 17% Europe, 12.5% Pacific, 10.1% Emerging and 0.6% other.
    But now I'm thinking this is too risky and I should play it safer and go with the Vanguard S&P500 index fund instead? I feel very uneasy investing in countries which have lagged behind the US for the last 100 years.
    The world just isn't capable of keeping up with the US 
    You got a variety of answers, but maybe not as many as you'd have had if you didn't keep coming back to repetitive themes so more people were interested in getting involved in the discussion.

    And now one month on you want to set up another thread talking about how the US is so great and how the UK could never create a high growth company, and presumably still won't listen to any answers that don't pat you on the back and say wow this Credit Card Chris has been right all along.

    So, another month, another CCC thread about why you should only invest in the US because it's the only place that has AI and space mining on the public markets and every other part of the world including the UK is doomed.

    Not sure I have the energy to keep participating but I expect someone will pick up the baton.

    Actually this thread isn't about "why you should invest in the US", but more as a discussion of where it all went horribly wrong for the UK? From the mighty British Empire to a mid tier country with a sub par economy. To be honest if it can happen to us then perhaps you're right and in 40 years the US economy could fall off the perch and India, China and Brazil take over and rule the world. Our with old in with the new kinda thing. 

    Who knows... I guess it's just the natural cycle of things. There's only a certain amount of time you can remain dominant for, British Empire, Roman Empire, Persian Empire etc. They all ended up falling.
    Speak for yourself. Personally I’m still hoping my investments in Amphoras will be back up any day now.
  • CreditCardChrisCreditCardChris Forumite
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    What a pointless thread. Akin to a kid looking at the Football League tables, then choosing to follow and support Liverpool. Rather than their home town of Scunthorpe. 

    So you've just confirmed your own bias then. You support the UK's failing economy because it's your country, instead of being honest and realising its pitfalls? Typical boomer, buries his head in the sand and pretends the UK economy isn't a complete dumpster fire because he's getting his little 4% a year retirement dividend instead of 12% a year from the S&P.   

    Perhaps if we don't talk about it nobody will realise 🤫
  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    What a pointless thread. Akin to a kid looking at the Football League tables, then choosing to follow and support Liverpool. Rather than their home town of Scunthorpe. 

    So you've just confirmed your own bias then. You support the UK's failing economy because it's your country, instead of being honest and realising its pitfalls? Typical boomer, buries his head in the sand and pretends the UK economy isn't a complete dumpster fire because he's getting his little 4% a year retirement dividend instead of 12% a year from the S&P.   

    Perhaps if we don't talk about it nobody will realise 🤫
    Never make assumptions as an investor. Cardinal sin. 
    “Buy value, not market trends or the economic outlook. Individual stocks determine the market, not vica versa." - Sir John Templeton
  • grumiofoundationgrumiofoundation Forumite
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    What a pointless thread. Akin to a kid looking at the Football League tables, then choosing to follow and support Liverpool. Rather than their home town of Scunthorpe. 

    So you've just confirmed your own bias then. You support the UK's failing economy because it's your country, instead of being honest and realising its pitfalls? Typical boomer, buries his head in the sand and pretends the UK economy isn't a complete dumpster fire because he's getting his little 4% a year retirement dividend instead of 12% a year from the S&P.   

    Perhaps if we don't talk about it nobody will realise 🤫
    Well don’t worry you’ll get your 12% so you are fine. 

    As seems to be a common theme for your threads when someone doesn’t agree with you you get weirdly aggressive. 

    No one is actually disagreeing with your point on the US vs the UK. However you seem to act as though the world economy is made up of the US and the UK - since these are the only countries mentioned in your numerous threads.  
    No one is suggesting that investing more in the US than the UK is a bad idea, in fact you would find many many threads where people who propose just investing in the FTSE100 and are told this is a bad idea. 

    What you don’t seem to understand is investing in solely the US (or more precisely 500 US companies) is more risky than investing in ~50% US and ~50% rest of world. That has been explained multiple times so I’m not going to bother. 

    The question I have is - over the last 10 years the S and P 500 has some good performers and some less good performers - since you believe only the US is the future - why not just invest in Apple and the other ‘top performers’ - why dilute them with the other remaining companies? 
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