Based on the idea that well-being cannot be measured by GDP alone, the Human Development Index looks at over 100 indicators, which you can explore on maps and charts at the most detailed level, or as aggregates (health, education, income). The chart display does seem to have problems separating out Washington DC, however – since we don’t actually have a congressional district — <sigh>. (via)
Dan Edstrom (who performs securitization audits for a living) decided to diagram what actually happened to his mortgage as it was securitized. Good luck understanding it. (via Caryn Sykes and Huffington)
October’s update of the Economic Indicators Dashboard:
and while we’re at it, here is the AP’s Economic Stress Map, which shows unemployment, foreclosures, and bankruptcies from 2007-today, by county.
Personally, I don’t know why we’re still subsidizing homebuying. (via Ritholtz, who points out per-capita would probably have been more useful)
One of my favorite summaries of economic indicators. Click on any of the “historical details” to see what each indicator means and why it’s important. Updated 9/22/10.
Property taxes nation-wide. Uses “median property tax paid” rather than the actual tax rate, so might be saying more about the size and value of houses in that state rather than the tax differential.
This map displays unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, or a composite “stress index”, by county. Easy to miss: in the upper right you can change the scale of the mapping (rates, m-t-m, y-t-y). To look at data over time, click on the “monthly rates” option and a historical slider will appear at the bottom. Double click on a region to zoom in. Updated 8/2/10.
Planet Money bought a toxic mortgage asset and has been tracking it’s death spiral. It’s now almost completely dead (non-performing). In a recent article they also tried to track down the people who originally took out the mortgages.
A great monthly status board for market and economic indicators. Click on anything – the popup details are great.
The WSJ looks at indicators in seven areas to gauge whether we are sliding back into recession. Related article.
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