Friday, January 27, 2012

World wide QE appears to be the new norm for now

I am no financial analyst but the news that I continue to read regarding the devaluation of the United States dollar as well as other currencies is staggering.  The following graph shows that quantitative easing (QE = printing money) isn't just going on in the US but around the world.  This graph basically suggests that in 2008 and 2011 roughly one third of the world's market capitalization was on world federal bank balance sheets that resulted from the federal banks printing money through some form of quantitative easing.

Read the full article from which this graph was taken titled Living In A QE World at  They provide much more information and shares more detail on each of the 8 central banks.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Apple iPod Packaging Re-imagined... the Microsoft Way!

In a world of contrasts, there is none like the contrast between Apple and Microsoft's approaches to marketing and packaging.  This video re-imagines what the packaging of the 2005 iPod might have looked like if Microsoft had been in charge.  Enjoy!