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The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index closed yesterday at a record high of more than 2,000. Yet many people feel that the economy is weak. There are numerous reasons for this, but the one I want to focus on has to do with employment and wages.
The economy feels weak because, depending on your education, employment and skill set, it very well may be weak to you. Unlike the typical post-credit-crisis recovery, this one features disappointing gross domestic product gains, subpar job creation, stagnant wages and weak retail sales. However, those represent the average. Different employment sectors have done considerably better or worse, depending on demand and scarcity of workers in that field.
The recovery is here, it just isn’t evenly distributed.
Slate‘s Jordan Weissmann puts Apple’s product lines into perspective versus other large companies (Tech or not).
iPhone revenues alone eclipse that of either software behemoth Microsoft or online retail giant Amazon. Businessweek (September 2013):
“If the iPhone were its own company in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, iPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of 500 companies; iPhone’s $88.4 billion in annualized revenue tops 21 of the 30 component companies in the Dow Jones industrial average—it would be the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30.”
Consider these two product lines:
iPhone = Google + eBay
iPad = Yahoo + Facebook + LinkedIn + Twitter + Group + Tesla
Attention peasants: The Greubel Forsey GMT at $549,000 Source: Greubel Forsey I have been hearing a lot about the spending habits of the 0.01 percent lately. Perhaps, a little bit too much. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a class-warfare rant or a treatise on living the simpler, less materialistic life. Rather, it is…Read More