• Shane Oliver

Why have Australian shares underperformed global shares? Will it continue?

> The underperformance of Australian versus global shares since 2009 reflects a combination of tighter monetary policy, the strong $A into 2011, the slump in commodity prices, property crash phobia and classic mean reversion.

> High dividend payouts are not to blame. In fact, Australia’s performance is not quite as bad once dividends are allowed for.

> It’s too early to say the underperformance by Australian shares is over, but some of the drivers may be waning.

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