For some reson we were buried in charts this week. Having junked a dozen or so here are those that we deemed to be the most useful. I didn't link anything up to the piece we took it from as these charts are mostly pretty self explanatory.
Demonstrating once again that sometimes a chart is all you need.
The 10 Year Treasury Note rate from 1950 to 2011 might reasonably cause you to expect an economic boom the likes of which we enjoyed in the 50s, except for the fact that the velocity of money (the rate at which it circulates through the economy) has fallen off a cliff.
China on the other hand has been busy moving it's money out U.S. debt instruments and into African commodities.
I lied above as the map below does link to the Stratfor article from which it was taken.
Gas prices set an all time high for the third week in August.
Despite the use of ethanol additives.
Just in case you were wondering why your food is getting so expensive, here's one of several real good reasons.
It ain't all about the drought despite the fact that the drought is both widespread and severe.
Speaking of food.
The Gold market has seen some changes in that the world's Central Banks have become net buyers for the first time in many years.
Demand is down a little over the past 12 months.
You're gonna have to take my word on that last one as I junked the chart.
I wouldn't take a great deal of comfort in this next one as a significant percentage of US Gold holdings are in the posession of the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and as such have not been audited in generations.
I had the link for this one and managed to misplace it.
I think this chart is for 2011.
The Dow/Gold ratio has plateaued on it's journey to 1/1.
That last part is my personal opinion ..... OK, OK ..... my fondest hope.
I think these next two speak for themselves although thought to be solutions diverge wildly.
If you ask me here's the real issue.
Meanwhile, those imps over at the Federal Government are loving life.