Archive for the ‘investments’ Category

Median American Household Lost 40% of Wealth since 2007

December 16, 2014

Americans have 40% less net worth than before the recession, dropping from a median $135,700 in 2007 to $81,400. White households lost 26% of their net worth. Black households fared much worse, with their median net worth dropping 43%, while the median Hispanic-American household’s worth dropped 42%.


De Beers Share of Diamond Market Less than Half of Its 1989 High

August 4, 2014

Since 1989, De Beers has lost much of its diamond market share, falling from a high of 81% in 1989 to 36% today. When their new Canadian mine opens, they are expected to increase to 40%.

–from Paul Zimnisky

Majority of Americans Lost Wealth in the Past Thirty Years

July 28, 2014


American median household wealth has declined 20% since 1984, in 2013 dollars. While the 75 percentile and higher gained wealth since then, the majority of Americans lost money over those thirty years. As a striking example, the median wealth fell from $87,992 in 2003 to $56,335 today.

–from Stanford

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.