Felix Salmon

Chart of the day: When emerging markets trade through the G7

May 16, 2011


Thanks to Mohamed El-Erian for pointing this out in his latest Secular Outlook: the market risk spread on advanced economies now exceeds that on emerging economies.

Beer-drinking charts of the day

April 20, 2011

How do we know that the world is getting happier? It’s drinking more beer! Here’s the chart, from a new paper by Liesbeth Colen and Johan Swinnen:

Charts of the day, payrolls accuracy edition

April 7, 2011

Many thanks to Steven Guichard and Zubin Jelveh, who picked up my gauntlet and ran the numbers on whether payrolls numbers released at the beginning of the month are any less accurate than payrolls numbers which come out a bit later.

Chart of the day: US financial profits

March 30, 2011

Kathleen Madigan had an important post on Friday, showing financial profits roaring back to more than 30% of all domestic US profits. As she says, “that’s an amazing share given that the sector accounts for less than 10% of the value added in the economy” — and makes it “hard for banks to cry poverty” when it comes to things like debit-card interchange legislation.

Swedish inequality datapoint of the day

March 25, 2011

Thanks largely to the NYT, the wealth-inequality survey by Michael Norton and Dan Ariely is back in the news. You might remember it from back in September. Here’s how it was reported in HufPo:

Chart of the day, US taxes edition

March 16, 2011

Ask, and you’ll receive an explanation of what this chart means.


tax_burdenthinOne way to look at this chart is in horizontal slices. Right now, for instance, if you look along the bottom of the chart, you can see that the line is bluest at the right-hand end, and reddest in the middle-class zone up to roughly $100,000 a year in annual income. When the chart is blue, that means you’re paying less tax than people on your income level have done historically, and when it’s red that means you’re paying more.

Chart of the day, US earnings edition

March 4, 2011

The jobs report this morning showed average hourly earnings increasing by 1 cent to $22.87 over the past month; that brings weekly earnings up to $782.15, on average, up 2.3% on last year. That’s a modest improvement, but an improvement all the same.

Stock-listings chart of the day, global edition

February 25, 2011

My colleague Peter Rudegeair asked me a good question last week: even if the number of stocks listed in the US is falling dramatically, what’s happening in the rest of the world? He even helped answer the question, finding data from the World Federation of Exchanges. Which I then played around with a bit in Excel to generate this:

Bankruptcy charts of the day

February 15, 2011

This chart comes from the official news release on US bankruptcy filings in 2010: