Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's The Economy Stupid: The Dow Then And Now

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has passed its previous all-time high set in 2007.  Where were we then and where are we now?  Here is a sample for comparison.


•Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5

•Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73

•GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%

•Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million

•Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million

•Size of Fed's Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion

•US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%

•US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion

•Total US Debt Outstanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion

•US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion

•Labor Force Participation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%•Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6

•S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+

•VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%

•10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%

•EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050

•Gold: Then $748; Now $1583

•NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares



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