Thursday, August 30, 2012

Government Debt in Europe

Data from Eurostat
Last updated: Aug 29, 2012

Government debt as percent of GDP
General government debt as percent of Gross Domestic Product.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Economist: Nokia dominates much more than Volvo

From: Aug 27th 2012, 12:50 by The Economist online

Nokia's dominance of Finland appears to be a one-off
SOME countries' fortunes are incredibly entwined with a single company. The case of Nokia, a Finnish mobile-phone manufacturer, is well documented: it contributed a quarter to Finnish GDP growth between 1998 and 2007. But do any other countries rely so heavily on a single company? Using a crude comparison of a company's annual revenue and its domicile's economic output, The Economist has identified the firms with the greatest national clout across 53 markets. Energy firms dominate the list because of their enormous throughput. Others feature because of their choice of domicile: ArcelorMittal, a steel company, has few of its operations in Luxembourg. Strip out these kinds of companies and only Hon Hai, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, ranks above Nokia. But most of Hon Hai's employment is in China, and its share of national patent applications last year was just 8%, compared with Nokia's 27%. The importance of Nokia to Finland looks like a one-off. 
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

World Bank: Global Remittance Flows

World Bank Dataviz

This visualization shows the global movements of money due to remittances (money sent by migrants to their home country). Data from the World Bank can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Global house prices: Searching for solid ground | The Economist

AFTER years of dizzying ascents, a big dose of gravity has hit residential-property markets around the world. According to The Economist’s latest round-up, year-on-year prices are now falling in 12 of the 21 countries we track; in five of the other nine, prices are rising at a slower rate than they were a year ago.

Earthbound prices are returning many markets to “fair value”, defined as the long-run average ratio of house prices to disposable income and to rents. Housing is now around or below its fair value in eight countries. But reaching this mark does not mean prices will stop falling. After dropping by a third from their 2006 peak, prices in America now stand at 19% below fair value. The bottom of the market is close, however. The month-on-month Case-Shiller index of 20 cities increased for the fourth consecutive time in May, by 0.9%. Housing sales are picking up, although they remain below their long-run average, and the number of mortgages in foreclosure has fallen to its lowest level for three years. Financing is cheap, too: real 30-year fixed mortgage rates are at 30-year lows.
Read more: Global house prices: Searching for solid ground | The Economist