The financing gap of developing countries is projected to be $210 billion in 2010, declining to $180 billion in 2011, down from an estimated $352 billion in 2009.
—International Business Times
97: percentage stocks are up since their low in March 2009.
275: percentage growth from 1979 to 2007, of the after-tax income of the wealthiest 1% of people in the US.
—TIME, Nov. 2011
Using these ten categories of risk: security; political stability; government effectiveness; legal and regulatory; macroeconomic; foreign trade and payments; financial; tax policy; labour market; and infrastructure, the following countries are in the top five for ranking the highest in terms of operational risk: Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, and Austria.
1 in 7: Ratio of people in the U.S. who receive help from the federal government to put food on the table.
Even after the credit crisis, the US is still one of the easiest places in the world for companies to get loans [at 15%].
—TIME, Sept. 29 2011
100,000: approximate number of discrimination complaints received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 2011 fiscal year, the highest in the EEOC’s 46-year history.
—TIME, Feb. 2012
3 in 4 Americans who name some type of economic issue as “the most important problem facing the country today.”
3.2 percent increase of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the past 12 months ending April 2011. This is the highest figure since October 2008 as energy and food prices continue to rise.
—US Bureau of Labor Statistics
In 2008, more than half of the world’s assets were owned by the richest 2 percent of adults, while the bottom half of the world adult population owned only 1 percent of wealth.
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