Archive for the ‘investments’ Category

The Rise of Farming Tractors During the Twentieth Century

April 21, 2014

This chart shows the rise of tractor adoption across the twentieth century. The market for farming horses and mules essentially collapsed over a period of only fifty years–by 1960 about 90% of horses were replaced with tractors.

–from The Conversable Economist

Who Benefits the Most from Tax Breaks?

April 16, 2014

Who benefits the most from tax breaks? The answer is, generally, the upper middle class and above who benefit enormously from deductions and exclusions.

–from The Atlantic

Top Earners Gain Income from Capital, not Labor

April 10, 2014

While most of the top 10% of Americans gain their wealth through labor, the deeper one goes into the top 1%, the more income is derived from capital.


New York City Taxi Medallions Growing Faster than S&P 500

April 7, 2014

Between 2004 and 2014, the value of a taxi medallion increased 336%, while S&P stock index increased 64.5%. With the impending popularity of car hire services like Über, the taxi market will have the potential for upsets for the first time in decades.


Marginal Debt and Stock Market Performance

March 12, 2014

The marginal debt level, a “warning sign” of market stability, has been radically increasing along with the S&P 500. The current bull market, which has been on for 5 years, is among the longest in post-World War II America. Average bull markets last for 4.5 years.


Venture Capital is Back with a Vengeance

December 13, 2013

Venture Capital-backed IPOs are at their highest level since 2000 and made up nearly 40% of all 2013 IPOs.


The Federal Reserve Owns Nearly Half of Long-Term Treasury Bonds

October 31, 2013

This table shows the years until maturing, time of maturity, total value, amount owned by the Federal Reserve vs. others, and the Fed % of total. The Federal Reserve owns 49.5% of bonds maturing in 10-15 years, which is a substantial amount and the length of bonds often purchased by low-risk investors.


Small Mergers Make Big Money for Banks

October 17, 2013

Although everyone knows about the largest mergers, the smaller ones pay the banks higher fees, and make up more than 1/3 of merger proceeds.


Bitcoin Down 15% Today

October 2, 2013

After the FBI seized the assets of, and shut down, The Silk Road online drug marketplace earlier today, the price of bitcoins dropped 15%. Approximately $3.6 million in bitcoins (pre-crash-price) were seized this morning.

–from TechCrunch

US Dollar Trades Increasing, Euro Decreasing

September 30, 2013

Currency trades in US dollars have increased since 2010, while the Euro has declined thanks to its consistent financial issues. China’s currency trading is minuscule, less than half that of Canada and below Mexico.

–from NPR


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