While I doubt I’ll join the forecasting fray (at least not in print, where it’s incorrect the moment I write it and might be used to nefarious ends), this final day of 2010 offers the opportunity to pass along a few illustrations regarding the year’s markets and economic activity.
The Economist published an excellent review of the main economic and market events of the year, A Year In Nine Pictures. Two dark spots of the US economy, housing and employment, appear among their nine charts.
The New York Times is known as the home of the uber-Keynesian Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, but they also have a heckuva good graphics team. Here are a few illustrations from Snapshots Of the Economy, which appeared earlier this week.
Joshua Brown, who writes The Reformed Broker blog, keeps a list of annual investing fads that runs back to 1996. Reviewing it’s the investing equivalent of seeing pictures of yourself in neon parachute pants in the 80s or a huge butterfly bowtie in the 70s (sorry, you’ll find no pictures of us dressed like on this website).
If you’re a chart-watcher (I admit to leaning on that discipline from time to time), you may find StockCharts Top 10 Technical Developments in 2010 intriguing. I closely watch the performance of the each economic sector so this graph is both familiar and encouraging.
Finally, one of my favorite resources for online graphics, VisualEconomics, features their best Infographics of 2010. Here’s a snippet of one I could definitely identify with.