Laotian Investing

Laos has a new stock market. Launched during January 2011, on its opening day, the Laotian Securities Exchange listed 2 state-owned businesses, a bank and a power company. News reports indicated that …

How To Win The Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Rio might be different. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Great Britain fared poorly. They took home only one gold and ranked #36 among medal winners. At Beijing in 2008, their medal …

Olympic Predictions

If you want to predict Olympic medal winners, you might look at economic data. A report on the Olympics from Goldman Sachs suggests that nations with a superior economic growth environment will increa…

Population Futures

Imagine for a moment 3 groups of countries, each with a different population pyramid. The first has a huge bulge at the bottom, the second is wider in the middle and the third is relatively broad at t…

China's Nine Nations

With this map of China, less is more. Called “The Nine Nations of China,” it resembles a simple color-coded jigsaw puzzle.  Each of the 9 areas has a label that concise…

Emerging Economies

The world is shifting. More than one-half of the world’s car sales, mobile phone subscriptions and oil, copper and steel purchases came from emerging markets during 2010. Here you can see the sa…

Children and Wealth

More wealth seems to mean fewer children. Look at a graph of fertility in the U.S from 1800-1990. The birth line plunges. Consider India, China, South Korea, Singapore. As per capita GDP rises, births…

Helpful Acronyms

Reading about the potential contagion of Greece’s debt problems, I discovered STUPID in Schott’s Vocab, a NY Times blog about words and phrases. Schott quoted Reuters Breakingviews, “…

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