Posts Tagged ‘market’

What’s the state of the economy? (Russell Investments)

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

[Editor’s note: Very nice Flashed-based interactive showing 7 indicators, their extreme historic ranges, typical ranges, and current value/rate and trend. Thanks Sarah!]

Republished from Russell Investments.

To help you talk to your clients, we’ve identified a few key economic and market indicators to help assess the current economic health and trend.

Interact with the original at Russel Investments . . .


Credit Crunch Board Game (Economist)

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Game board amusements were the rage in 2008 print from sports to the credit crunch. This entry a Christmas present from the Economist. See related content from Harpers on The $10 Trillion Hangover – Paying the Price for Eight Years of Bush.]

Republished from the Economist.


  • The board from the centre of The Economist’s Christmas issue (or pdf version of board below)
  • These rules
  • Risk cards, currency and icons from the pdfs below (or you can use your diamond cufflinks, or any other mementos of your former wealth, to represent you on the board)
  • Four coins
  • Scissors (to cut out currency and cards)
  • Three or more players; probably six at most


Players start with 500m econos each. One player doubles as banker.

Players move round by throwing four coins and progressing as many squares as they throw heads. If a player throws four heads, he moves forward four spaces and has another turn; if he throws four tails, he throws again. When a player lands on a + square, he collects money from the bank; equally, when he lands on a minus square, he pays the bank.

The aim is to be the last solvent player. In order to achieve this, players try to eliminate the competition. Risk cards encourage players to pick on each other.

Players who cannot pay their fines may borrow from each other at any rate they care to settle on—for instance, 100% interest within three turns. They should negotiate with the other players to get the best rate possible. Players who cannot borrow must either go into Chapter 11 or be taken over.

Players may conceal their assets from each other. 

Continue reading and download board game assets . . .


New 7 Jan. 2009: 

Econopoly from The Washington Post.

Superbowl Game (2008)

The Debt Trap (NY Times)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The New York Times has a great collection of interactive graphics and other multimedia and articles explaining the background of the financial crisis. This package was put together before this last fortnight’s market tourmoil, but still a good read.

Topics include:

Home Equity Loans

Rise of Credit Spreads Worldwide Outside US

Debt Hitting Home Across Classes and Ages

Calculator to Determine Your Personal Debt Load and How it Compares with Average

View the Debt Trap at . . .

Carbon Report Available: Data and Statistics

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

point carbon logo(From VectorOne) Point Carbon released a report (pdf press release) in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday at the Carbon Market Insights Conference 2008. The report explores in-depth the following key findings (lots of numbers here):

Global carbon markets worth USD $60 billion (€40 billion) in 2007, up by 80 percent from 2006. The total traded volume increased by 64 percent from 1.6 Gt (1.6 billion tons) in 2006 to 2.7 Gt in 2007.

“Point Carbon predicts that the global carbon market will see 4.2 billion tons
carbon emissions (CO2e) transacted during 2008, up 56 percent from 2007.
At today’s prices, that would make the market worth USD $92 billion (€63 billion).”

There seems to be a generally bullish sentiment on carbon, not necessarily reflected in current market prices. Survey respondents now on average expect a carbon price of USD $37/ton (€24/ton) in 2010 and USD $ 54/ton (€35/ton) in 2020, which is USD $9 (€6) and USD $15 (€10) higher, respectively, than they expected a year ago. This demonstrates that market participants now realize that the EU ETS will face a considerable shortage and that much of this will have to be met through reductions taking place in Europe.

Continue reading original post at Vector One …