The following comes from a collection of data tidbits assembled by Morgan Housel at Mötley Fool. They used the click-bait title, 50 Amazing Numbers About Today’s Economy — but I decided to just ignore that hyperbole and check it out anyway.

Here are a few of my favorites:

50. The S&P 500 is down 3% from 2000. But a version of the index that holds all 500 companies in equal amounts (rather than skewed by market cap) is up nearly 90%.

40. In 2009, 5% of Americans accounted for 50% of all health care costs.

39. As the market was “flat” from 2000 to 2010, S&P 500 companies paid out more than $2 trillion in dividends.

29. The average vehicle on the road today is 10.8 years old — an all-time high, and two years older than in 2000.

28. Just five companies, Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco, (CSCO) Google (GOOG), and Pfizer (PFE), now hold nearly one-quarter of all corporate cash, equal to more than a quarter-trillion dollars.

21. Netflix (NFLX) is now responsible for about one-third of all Internet bandwidth.

12. For the first time since 1949, the U.S. is now a net exporter of fuel products like gasoline and diesel.

11. The period from March 2009 to March 2012 was one of the strongest three-year market rallies in history — stronger, in fact, than the 1996-1999 bull market.

2. As the economy tanked in 2009, the top 25 hedge fund managers collectively earned $25.3 billion. On average, that works out to about $2,000 a minute for each manager.

If this sort of stuff floats your boat — and you know it does mine — then go check out the full piece. Fun stuff . . .


50 Amazing Numbers About Today’s Economy
Morgan Housel
Motley Fool April 5, 2012

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Markets

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6 Responses to “50 Random Economic Datapoints”

  1. Old Rob says:

    Where is installment regarding housing market?

  2. The great April 2012 Equity and Commodity Crash:

    re 11;

    From March 2003;
    the Wilshire has completed a 20/50/40 month fractal series.

    The last 40 months since March 2009 while a sharp third fractal valuation rise, did not eclipse the 11 October 2007 high predicted by saturation macroeconomics.

    For speculators and hedgers only the delta matters, up or down. If fact the sharper up or down the bigger time dependent gains.

    In the US while the Wilshire represents only 15 trillion of the debt-money-asset system’s 190 trillions of value, its time dependent patterned behavior is the window into the integrative self assembly optimal valuation behavior of the debt-money-asset macroeconomic system.

    This patterned behavior of the equity class elevates macroeconomics to a science.

    Of the the US debt-money-asset system’s 52 trillion of debt, a good percentage will undergo default. A greater percentage of Euro debt will under default. The net effect of this default will lower toal system wealth and the valuation of all assets except paradoxically electronic US hegemony paper money and US federal debt whose valuations will increase as purchasing power increases relative to other asset class declining valuations.

    A great equity crash will occur over the next 2-3 weeks in April 2012.

    It will be accompanied by a commodity, gold, silver, et. al crash with the exception of:

    US debt instruments whose values will rapidly rise will with US interest rates falling to 150 year historical lows.

  3. b_thunder says:

    12. For the first time since 1949, the U.S. is now a net exporter of fuel products like gasoline and diesel. –

    So what? I just don’t understand the significance of this. This statement seems intended to scream at us “look, we’re less dependent on foreign oil,” but don’t we (USA) first of all have to IMPORT crude oil, then refine it , and then we can export the value-added “fuel products?” All the “econ fact #12″ says is that even though domestically we use less “oil products”, the domestic refiners have found a way to sell the excess production abroad. Moreover, if the world price for crude goes up, this in now way will insulate the domestic gasoline/diesel markets from price spikes.

  4. willid3 says:

    b_thunder, thinking we are doing what countries have always done. buy raw materials (oil) and then sell the refined products abroad. we do that when we sell finished products (say airplanes, computers, etc).
    we are down about 8% in our own usage of oil. and todays spike in oil has less to with our demand . or even world demand (its also down).
    and several of the refiners are getting out of the business because their facilities aren’t competitive. price of oil and gas aren’t being driven by supply and demand any more.

  5. theexpertisin says:

    5% of americans account for 50% of the health care costs.


    Better convene those death panels, pronto.

  6. James Cameron says:

    . The S&P 500 is down 3% from 2000. But a version of the index that holds all 500 companies in equal amounts (rather than skewed by market cap) is up nearly 90%.

    This might be more interesting with inflation and dividends factored in.