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S&P 500 Stock Buybacks by Sector

Here are the S&P 500 stock buybacks for 2019, by sector. Companies spent approximately... more

Here are the S&P 500 stock buybacks for 2019, by sector. Companies spent approximately $729 billion on buybacks across all sectors. Furthermore, the Information Technology sector spent the most at $224.8 billion, which represents 30.9% of total buybacks. Financials followed  with $178.7 billion spent on buybacks.  This accounts for 24.5% of total S&P 500 buybacks.  

  • Even before the pandemic, information technology stocks had grown to represent about 31% of S&P 500 buybacks in 2019, @CNBC cites @SPGMarketIntel data.
    @SPGMarketIntel
    Jun. 12, 2020
  • $729 billion was used for stock buybacks in 2019 among companies in the S&P 500 Index. #Boeing bought back over $100 billion in the past few years...if they had only used that into engineering instead. So yeah, #StockBuyBacks are likely going to be affected in the Covid-19 world
    @feeonlyplanner
    Mar. 22, 2020
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6/16/2020
Most Traded Currencies in the World

The visualization illustrates the most traded currencies in the world and is based on the BIS... more

The visualization illustrates the most traded currencies in the world and is based on the BIS Triennial Central Bank Survey released in September 2019. The US dollar retained its spot as the world's most traded currency, representing 88% of all trades in 2019, up from 87.6% in 2016. The Euro, the world's second most traded currency, represented 32% of all trades in April 2019, up from 31.4% in April 2016. In contrast, the yen, the third most traded currency in the world, saw its share decline to 17% in April 2019 from 22% in April 2016.

  • The US Dollar is the most traded currency in the world and rising since 2016. The yuan is a global anecdote, especially compared to the relative size of China's economy. You cannot have a world valued and widely traded currency and capital controls. Simple.
    @dlacalle_IA
    Mar. 5, 2020
  • "The [US] dollar remains the currency that is used around the world to denominate most trade and to denominate a lot of the world’s financial assets. So long as that’s the case, in a crisis you’re going to need dollars."
    @LowyInstitute
    May 28, 2020
5/29/2020
Countries with the Largest and Smallest Gold Reserves

Central banks around the world maintain gold reserves as part of their total... more

Central banks around the world maintain gold reserves as part of their total foreign reserves used to protect their respective currencies against hyperinflation. Globally, countries had 34,860 tonnes of gold in reserves, as of May 2020. The visualization illustrates the countries with the largest and smallest gold reserves. It also shows gold as a percentage of total foreign reserves, respectively, for each country.

The United States had the largest gold reserves, followed by Germany and Italy. On the other hand, Haiti had the smallest gold reserves among all countries, with 1.8 tonnes in foreign reserves held by their central bank. 

  • Gold is considered an extremely valuable metal globally as it can provide stability during a financial crisis. While India’s gold reserves are far lower than that of the US, it has made it to the list of top-10 countries with the highest reserves
    @jasuja
    Mar. 3, 2020
  • French economist Thomas Piketty says France owes #Haiti billions. It's not just France, the USA also owes Haiti, for stealing all of its gold reserves in 1914 and depositing it in Citibank, orchestrating coups and electoral fraud, and much more.
    @madanboukman
    Jan. 22, 2020
5/29/2020
Real Estate Wealth in the U.S. by Generation (2000-2019)

The visualization illustrates the distribution of household wealth, i.e. real estate, in the... more

The visualization illustrates the distribution of household wealth, i.e. real estate, in the United States, by generation, since 2000. Baby Boomers have the highest share of total U.S. housing wealth and own almost half of all real estate in the U.S. On the other hand, Millenials fall behind other generations and accounted for 3.6% of total real estate as of 2019.

Note: All the estimates are as of fourth quarter of the respective years. Silent and Earlier = born before 1946, Baby Boomer = born between 1946-1964, GenX = born between 1965-1980, Millennial = born between 1981-1996​

  • We talk about millennials lagging behind in household wealth, but I don't think people fully comprehend how far behind they lag in building up housing wealth in particular. In 2019Q4 Fed DFA data, the millennial generation holds approximately zero net real estate wealth.
    @graykimbrough
    May 22, 2020
  • Millennials own 4% of real estate value in the US — at their age, baby boomers owned 32% of the country's real estate value, Christopher Ingraham reported for The Washington Post.
    @MatesRealEstate
    May 23, 2020
5/27/2020
U.S Biggest Trading Partners

The United States has run a trade deficit since the last five decades. This means overall... more

The United States has run a trade deficit since the last five decades. This means overall imports have been greater than exports. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2019, the trade balance was -$853 million. The visualization illustrates countries that are the United States' biggest trading partners in terms of total value of U.S. exports and imports to and from the respective country. 

  • Canada is the United States' biggest export market -- closely followed by Mexico.
    @theglobalist
    Mar 04, 2020
  • #Tariffs imposed during the US-China trade war will reduce the US-#China trade deficit in the long run, but only by worsening the #US trade balance with other trade partners almost one-for-one
    @voxeu
    Feb 18, 2020
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5/19/2020
Fastest Growing and Declining Retail Brands Globally

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to severe disruption in global retail industry. However, some... more

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to severe disruption in global retail industry. However, some brands have seen an increase in their brand value amidst the crisis. The visualization illustrates top 10 fastest growing and declining retail brands globally from 2019 to 2020. The estimates are drawn from Kantar's BrandZ 2020 Report, which incorporates financial data up to mid-April 2020. Activewear brand lululemon is the world's fastest growing brand with an increase of 40% in brand value since 2019, whereas Under Armour is the world's fastest declining brand with a decrease of 34% in brand value since 2019.

  • The fastest-growing retail brand is @lululemon The new work attire. #WorkFromHome #comfortintimesofcrisis
    @iamAbeDyck
    May 18, 2020
  • This year's fastest riser is activewear brand @lululemon, up 40% in brand value.
    @BrandZ
    May 5, 2020
5/18/2020
Highest Private Donations for the Fight Against COVID-19

Billionaires across the world have actively been donating to different causes related to COVID-... more

Billionaires across the world have actively been donating to different causes related to COVID-19 relief. According to Forbes, around 77 billionaries have donated to COVID-19 relief causes as of the end of April 2020. The visualization presents the 10 largest private COVID-19 relief donations. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey made the biggest donation thus far by donating $1 billion, a quarter of his fortune. Bill and Melinda Gates have made the second-highest private COVID-19 relief donation. 

  • I’m moving $1B of my Square equity (~28% of my wealth) to #startsmall LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief. After we disarm this pandemic, the focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and UBI. It will operate transparently, all flows tracked here:
    @jack
    Apr 07, 2020
  • #Wipro Founder #AzimPremji has made the 3rd highest contribution in the world to fight #CoronaPandemic crisis. He has pledged $132 million (Rs 1,125 Cr). Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donated the highest amount - $1 billion, while Bill/Melinda Gates donated $255 million.
    @TNITweet
    May 10, 2020
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5/13/2020
States Manufacturing Employment in the U.S.

Manufacturing industries generated $2.17 trillion in manufacturing output and accounted for 11.... more

Manufacturing industries generated $2.17 trillion in manufacturing output and accounted for 11.15% of the total U.S. GDP in 2017. Furthermore, nearly 9% of all nonfarm workers in the U.S. work for a manufacturer. Some states are more closely tied to production than others. Here are the top 10 states with the highest and the lowest shares of manufacturing employment. Indiana, as of 2017, had the highest percentage of workforce employed in manufacturing, whereas the District of Columbia had the lowest percentage of workforce employed in manufacturing. 

  • There is an “88% greater employment concentration in manufacturing than the national average,” which makes Wisconsin the “2nd largest manufacturing concentration” in the nation
    @ReformingGovt
    Jan. 3, 2020
  • #Indiana has the highest share of manufacturing employment in the United States, and the #IndyRegion is proud to be a home for @RollsRoyce @Raytheon @KeihinNA @TOAcorp @AllisonTrans - great employers and top manufacturers!
    @aacrecelius
    Mar. 10, 2020
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5/12/2020
U.S. Job Losses amidst Covid-19 by Industry

The data provide a breakdown of job losses, by industry, due to the economic fallout from the... more

The data provide a breakdown of job losses, by industry, due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Labor Department reported 20.5 million job losses in April 2020 with the unemployment rate soaring to 14.7 percent, the highest since the Great Depression.  The data put things in perspective beyond the Labor Department's April report by illustrating changes in April  2020 employment by industry compared to January 2020 figures. The largest decline in jobs is seen in the Leisure and Hospitality industry with 8.1 million job lost since January 2020.

  • If the coronavirus pandemic continues to drive unemployment levels as high as predicted, homelessness will increase 40% to 45% by the end of the year. Record 20.5 million American jobs lost in April. Unemployment rate soars to 14.7%
    @Crosarionews
    May 15, 2020
  • JOBS: U.S. shed 20.5 million in April, unemployment rate is 14.7 percent. "Employment fell sharply in all major industry sectors, with particularly heavy job losses in leisure and hospitality."
    @CharlesFLehman
    May 8, 2020
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5/11/2020
States with the Highest and Lowest Student Loan Debt in the U.S.

The data illustrate the top 10 states in the U.S., including Washington D.C., with the highest... more

The data illustrate the top 10 states in the U.S., including Washington D.C., with the highest and the lowest average student loan debt per student. For the class of 2018, Connecticut has the highest average student loan debt per student at $38,669, whereas Utah has the lowest average student loan debt per student  at $19,728.

  • College seniors in PA who borrowed money for school owed more than $37,000 in student loan debt on average in 2018. Only students in Connecticut had a higher average debt.
    @witfnews
    Feb. 13, 2020
  • Pennsylvania leads the nation in student loan debt, second only to Connecticut. We can, and must, do better for our students and I'm glad @GovernorTomWolf's budget will help make college more affordable. #pabudget #studentdebt #highereducation
    @RepBradford
    Feb. 5, 2020
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5/8/2020
U.S. Treasury Borrowing over the Last 5 Quarters

The U.S. Treasury Department announced on May 4, 2020 that it plans to borrow $2.99... more

The U.S. Treasury Department announced on May 4, 2020 that it plans to borrow $2.99 trillion between April and June in order to support the U.S. Federal response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount is more than five times the government's previous record borrowing of $569 billion for a quarter during the 2008 financial crisis. The graph depicts the U.S. Treasury Department's marketable borrowings over the last 5 quarters.

  • The continuing economic toll of the #coronavirus pandemic will see the US Treasury borrowing a record amount in the second financial quarter
    @SkyNews
    May 5, 2020
  • BREAKING: US Treasury plans to borrow nearly $3 trillion this quarter (April to June 2020). This is borrowing on a scale not seen since WWII, but most economists and policymakers agree it is necessary to fight COVID-19.
    @byHeatherLong
    May 4, 2020
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5/6/2020
Amazon's Revenue and Profit Growth

This graph illustrates Amazon's net profit, or loss, against... more

This graph illustrates Amazon's net profit, or loss, against its revenue over the last 20 years. In the last 20 years, Amazon has been known to make a modicum of profit compared to it's skyrocketing revenue. 

Note: The net profit/loss estimates are annualized.  Revenue estimates are as of December 31 of each year.

  • Decades of prioritizing growth over profits has moved Amazon into No. 2 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list. AMZN surpasses both business titans Apple and Exxon.
    @NewsLambert
    May 18, 2020
  • Amazon Prime one-day shipping could be the catalyst for revenue growth acceleration over the next year, RBC Capital’s Mark Mahaney says.
    @CNBC
    Jun. 24, 2019
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5/6/2020
Highest and Lowest Paying Jobs in the United States

The graph evinces the top 10 occupations with the highest and the lowest mean annual salaries as... more

The graph evinces the top 10 occupations with the highest and the lowest mean annual salaries as of May 2019, the most recent period for which data is available. The top 10 highest paying jobs are all in healthcare; Anesthesiologists have the highest annual average salary of $261,730. An overwhelming majority of the lowest paying jobs are in the service industries.

  • In the US, anaesthesiologists and surgeons remain the highest paid professionals
    @rossclennett
    Jan. 8, 2020
  • ‘America's unemployment rate is at a half-century low, but it also has a job-qualityproblem that affects nearly half the population, with a study finding 44% of U.S. workers are employed in #lowwage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000.’
    @LlysseWylle
    Dec. 8, 2019
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5/4/2020
U.S. States' GDP compared to Countries with Similar GDP

The United States' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at nearly $21.5 trillion... more

The United States' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at nearly $21.5 trillion in 2019. The visualization compares the economic size (GDP) and size of labor force of the states with the highest GDP to the entire national output of other countries.

Note: All GDP and labor force estimates are as of 2019.

  • At $2.7 trillion, India’s GDP is about the size of California’s GDP #economy
    @pendown
    Dec. 19, 2019
  • California is the world’s 5th largest economy. Without our economy, Total US GDP goes down by a lot.
    @ClaraJeffrey
    Mar. 19, 2020
4/30/2020
States with the Highest and Lowest Unemployment Rates during Covid-19

This visualization illustrates job loss across America during the Covid-19 pandemic in the... more

This visualization illustrates job loss across America during the Covid-19 pandemic in the hardest hit states, as well as the least affected.  These percentages are based on the number of unemployment insurance claims filed for respective states during the weeks ending on March 21, March 28, April 4, and April 11 of 2020. The data is charted against the number of people in the workforce of each state as of February 2020. 

  • The spike in weekly jobless claims reported today may signal the start of a wave of layoffs that could more than double the unemployment rate. “I believe that we’re going to have massive unemployment very, very quickly,” former NEC Director Gary Cohn said. https://cnb.cx/2x7o9in
    @CNBC
    Mar. 19, 2020
  • 1% of the entire US population filed for unemployment claims last week. https://bespokepremium.com/interactive/posts/think-big-blog/bespokes-morning-lineup-3-26-20-yowza
    @bespokeinvest
    Mar. 26, 2020
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4/22/2020
Jobs Changes in Top Media Organizations due to Covid-19

Most media organizations have been hit, like everyone else, by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are... more

Most media organizations have been hit, like everyone else, by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are the top media organization and job growth or loss in the respective companies during the first quarter of 2020.

  • Amazon to add 75,000 more jobs amid coronavirus pandemic https://reut.rs/3cgavJa
    @Reuters
    Apr. 13, 2020
  • The largest tech companies could emerge from COVID-19 much stronger: * @amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. * Traffic has soared on @Facebook , @netflix & @YouTube . * Cloud computing has become essential to home workers. https://angel.co/today/stories/big-tech-could-emerge-from-coronavirus-crisis-stronger-than-ever-15579 via @MikeIsaac
    @AngelList
    Mar. 25, 2020
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4/21/2020
Trends in Home Prices and Household Income

This graph depicts the growth rates of median house price, median household income, and median... more

This graph depicts the growth rates of median house price, median household income, and median monthly rent by U.S. region.  The growth rate of home prices is unsustainable; the suggested home-price-to-income ratio is 2.6.  All of the values are indexed to 1960.

Note: values are as of latest data available from 2017.

  • Close to one-third of the U.S. population now lives in counties where buying a median-priced home requires a household income of at least $100,000! #lowincome #affordablehousing #lowincomehousing http://lowincome.org/2018/10/study
    @100UBF
    Oct. 8, 2018
  • Buying a home in the U.S. could become more expensive right before next year's presidential election
    @Business
    Jun. 3, 2019
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4/17/2020
IPO Stock Price to Current Levels for Social Media Companies

Here is a comparison of the IPO stock prices for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Pinterest... more

Here is a comparison of the IPO stock prices for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Pinterest compared to current stock prices.  The current stock price estimates are as of April 15, 2020.

  • Since its IPO, Mark Zuckerberg has watched Facebook's stock price increase by almost 170%: http://onforb.es/1QjE89u
    @ForbesTech
    Feb. 16, 2016
  • @snapchat stock performance has probably discouraged any other #unicorn IPOs for a while #makeaprofit #overvalued
    @MattRedhawk
    Mar. 21, 2017
4/15/2020
Quibi's Projected Yearly Content Expenditure

Quibi is a new streaming service that aims to fill in the gaps of the day with short, high-... more

Quibi is a new streaming service that aims to fill in the gaps of the day with short, high-quality content.  The graph presents Quibi's projected first year expenditure on content upon launch, and the content expenditure of other competitors.  This is as of 2019 and is the most recent data available. 

  • Quibi might spend $600 million on content in the first year to get 20 million subscribers in five years. https://trib.al/plfgKbj
    @Digiday
    Dec. 10, 2018
  • Netflix spent an estimated $15 billion on original content in 2019, ahead of Disney+ and Apple TV+’s launches.
    @FastCompany
    Nov. 8, 2019
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4/14/2020
Tesla's Market Cap Growth over the Last Decade

Here is Tesla's market cap compared to the combined market caps of Ford, General Motors, and... more

Here is Tesla's market cap compared to the combined market caps of Ford, General Motors, and Fiat and Chrysler for 2010, 2015, and 2020 (in USD billions).  The market cap estimates for 2010 and 2015 are as of December 31 of those years, and the market cap estimates for 2020 are as of April 14.

Note: Fiat and Chrysler merged in 2014, so the market cap of each company prior to then was taken for 2010.

  • Tesla overtakes Volkswagen with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion after the global sales leader beloved by analysts acknowledged that growth depended on making cleaner vehicles and that it would cheat if necessary to stay ahead.
    @Matthew_Winkler
    Jan. 29, 2020
  • Tesla's market capitalization is now bigger than Ford Motor's at its peak.
    @MarketWatch
    Jan. 9, 2020
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4/14/2020
Cost Projections for Covid-19 Treatment in the U.S.

The graph illustrates the potential cost of Covid-19 treatment to employer... more

The graph illustrates the potential cost of Covid-19 treatment to employer health plans and their enrollees by looking at spending on hospital admissions for pneumonia. The projections are based on Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker's analysis of a sample of the IBM MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Claims database. This database includes claims from 18 million people enrolled in large employer plans in 2018.

  • Many Americans will get $1,200 or more under the stimulus bill, but people who require hospitalization will pay $1,300 or more out of pocket for their care. That's why Congress will need to consider waiving cost sharing for treatment in the next bill.
    @DrewAltman
    Mar. 27, 2020
  • One thing that stood out to me on today's House Dems press call was @BobbyScott on the exorbitant cost of coronavirus treatment. “I guarantee you, you’re going to get some surprise bills, whoppers. The average family is going to be bankrupt, even if they have insurance.”
    @ella_nilsen
    Mar. 30, 2020
4/10/2020
International Student Enrollment Trends in the U.S.

The data illustrate the annual growth in the last 10 years of total international students—... more

The data illustrate the annual growth in the last 10 years of total international students—enrolled international students and those doing Optional Practical Training (OPT)— in the U.S.  

  • International student enrollment in the US has been declining since 2015. It will get worse with #Covid-19. A new low-interest or interest-free loan program should be established for international students to study in the United States.
    @kellysgallagher
    Mar. 24, 2020
  • America’s leading research universities are greatly concerned about @USCIS nonimmigrant visa processing delays and policy changes that have resulted in declining international student enrollment in our member institutions.
    @AAUniversities
    Jul. 16, 2019
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4/8/2020
College Education Costs and Inflation in the U.S.

This graph examines trends in college education costs and inflation in the U.S. spanning from... more

This graph examines trends in college education costs and inflation in the U.S. spanning from 1985-2020.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers: Tuition, Other School Fees, and Childcare in U.S. City Average is used as a measure for college education costs, and the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items in U.S. City Average is used as a measure for inflation. 

Note: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a weighted average of the cost of related consumer goods and services.

 

 

  • From the late nineteen-eighties to the present, college tuition has increased at a rate four times that of inflation, and eight times that of household income.” That which is unsustainable cannot be sustained.
    @markyaguirre
    Sept. 8, 2019
  • The college trap ensnaring women and minorities: As enrollment increases, tuition increases far outpace wage growth
    @CBSNews
    Jun. 13, 2017
4/7/2020
Market Cap of Zoom vs. Other Companies

A comparison of Zoom Video Communications (Zoom) market cap to that of FedEx, General Motors,... more

A comparison of Zoom Video Communications (Zoom) market cap to that of FedEx, General Motors, Delta Airlines, and Carnival Cruises.

  • Sequoia put in $100M into Zoom in Jan 2017 at $1B valuation. It's currently trading at a ~$45B market cap, meaning their stake is worth ~$4.3B That's a 40X in 3 years (>325% IRR). Wild.
    @tanayj
    March 23, 2020
  • Zoom has ridden the “work from home” wave to more than 100% gains in 2020. The company’s market cap now exceeds those of many large companies, including Ford, FedEx and several of the major airlines. #stocks #markets #economy #investing #financialservices $ZM
    @westermangroup
    Apr. 6, 2020
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4/2/2020