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As Chris White of Dewiler Fenton noted recently (hat tip Art Cashin), lots of things have changed since the last peak in 2007:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14,304
GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
Unemployed: Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
Food Stamp users: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
Total US Debt: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
NYSE Average daily volume: Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares
All told, quite astonishing.
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