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Big Mac Index

The Economist updates their Big Mac Index, which as we all know, is the most accurate way to measure the global economy: It is based on the theory of purchasing-power…

Is the Economy Getting Ready to Turn Around?

Is the economy going to turn around any time soon? How does this economic swing compare to previous cycles? Amanda Cox et al of the New York Times explores these…

Business Valuation Calculator Like Trendalyzer With Style

Inc.com just released their annual valuation guide for 2009, which allows business owners to gauge the value of their, uh, business. At the center of this guide is an interactive…

Alternate View of Obama’s $819 billion Stimulus Package

OK, so we saw CreditLoan's representation of Obama's stimulus package. Here's Washington Post's take on the breakdown with a combination of bar charts, bubbles, and a stacked graph chart for…

CreditLoan Maps Out Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan

President Barack Obama has a $800 billion+ economic stimulus package in the works. That's a lot of dough. Where's it all going? CreditLoan provides the breakdown in bubbles, bubbles, and…

Using Data Visualization to Forecast Financial Markets

This is a guest post by Simit Patel of InformedTrades, which offers free advice on trading stocks. While many investors use economic and fundamental factors to identify investment opportunities --…

European Economic Weather Map – Sudden Change in Outlook

In this map from the Financial Times, the state of Europe's economy is shown like a weather map. A cloud with a lightning bolt represents a "sudden change in outlook,…

Playboy Playmate Curves and the State of the Economy

Terry Pettijohn and Brian Jungeberg of Mercyhurst College took a very close look at the curves, um, measurements of past Playboy Playmates of the Year in relation to the state…

Mapping Economic Activity for the World

The G-Econ (Geographically-based Economic data) group has worked on making economic data publicly available via Gross Cell Product (GCP). In other words, they've collected data for each 1x1 degree latitude…

Human Flows Protoype is Online Now

I made a few tweaks and our humanflows visualization prototypes are now online. There's a bit of information on how humanflows came about, who was involved, and a day-by-day recap…

Business of Death Video from GOOD Magazine

GOOD Magazine is really growing on me. Have you subscribed yet? All of your subscription costs go to the charity of your choice, and by all, I mean 100%. My…

Cover Manhattan and Then Some With All the World’s Walmarts

Speaking of Walmart, if we took all of the Walmarts in the world and clumped them all together, they'd cover Manhattan (with some stores sinking in the water). Walmart is…

Walmart Spreads Like a Virus

Watch Walmart quickly expand like a deadly virus from the movie Outbreak. It's particularly interesting to see Walmart "infect" an entire small region with multiple new stores opening at the…

Americans Prefer Watered Down Beer

Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Miller, and Coors lead the way in beer. Albeit, this is shipment data, not sales data, so take the numbers with a grain of salt. The extreme dominance…

Freakonomics Blog Moves to The Times

If you subscribe to Freakonomics, you probably already know that it's moved to the NYTimes domain. Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt are the blog authors, who co-wrote the…