Earning or Yearning?
The S&P/ASX 100 (XTO) is a stock market index capturing Australia’s top 100 companies by market capitalisation. It accounts for 63 per cent (at April 2016) of the Australian equity market, however it might surprise investors to learn that for 10 years to 8 June 2016, the S&P/ASX 100 has returned just 1.1 per cent per annum. Why has a portfolio of so called “blue chips” delivered investors such poor returns? In this paper we review the ten largest companies listed on the ASX.