Category: Indicators


The Latte Index

Preamble: I am currently writing a post about Bitcoin – but it seems to be taking longer than I expected. Having run out of time this morning, I’m instead sharing this comparison of latte prices from Visual Capitalist: And: Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist Rolling Alpha posts opinions on finance, economics, and sometimes things that are […]

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Bizarre Indicators

Unusual economic indicators. Including underwear.

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All the fuss about financial stress levels

As you may know, I have been writing Rolling Alpha posts for over 2 years now – meaning that I have spent a lot of time trawling through Forbes, Quartz, the Business Insider, Bloomberg and Reddit in search of inspiration. In that time, I have noticed that there is a certain regularity to the appearance […]

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That Gini Might Give You A Headache

Every time I talk about the Gini coefficient, I get vaguely excited. Sure, I’m always disappointed by the “coefficient” part of that phrase – but “Gini” sounds like a neologistic contraction of “gin” and “mini”; being an apt yet euphemistic description for the amount of Bombay Sapphire in my lunchtime tonic. And if you assumed […]

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dow jones

The Dow Jones: The One Jones You Don’t Need To Keep Up With

The Dow AKA the Dow Jones AKA the Dow Jones Industrial Average AKA the DJIA is one of the least useful indicators in the world. It is also one of the most watched. A List of DJIA Allegories If the Dow Jones was a song, it would be a Britney Spears featuring Pitbull number. Super […]

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The PMI: What Is It?

Every month, like clockwork, the folk at CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox get all excited about the new PMI numbers coming out. Of course, they always tell viewers that it’s important whether the number is above or below 50, which seems a strange and arbitrary number around which to revolve one’s excitement. And at some point, […]

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The GDP Spiral: Contraction, Recession, Depression

In the BBC newsfeed this morning: “Eurozone recession continues into sixth quarter.“ The headline made me think about how most of us know the words “recession” and “depression” as interchangeable jargon used by the business news anchor. Also: “contraction”. It’s the kind of language that floats ominously around the TV room while you’re tweeting an […]

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