Archive for the 'Economics' Category

Recession: The Movie

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The trailer for the latest movie from the producers of “The Iraq War”. Now playing at a theater near you.

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Visualizing the size of the banking crisis

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Sizing the issue at hand seems to be the first problem. Banks keep the so called derivatives off their balance sheets (because when looking at it with a sense of black humor these instruments are a bit like the banks’ own print run of casino chips – As long as others exchange them freely for real money that’s what they are worth. When that situation changes their value changes too – well, worst case to nothing or – better said, whatever someone is willing to pay for the illusion of value)…

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Data-visualization: Charting The Banking Crisis

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The web log “And Still I Persist” has made two interesting implementations available that demonstrate how data-visualization tools similar to “Gapminder’s Trendalyzer” can be used to show patterns in vast amounts of data.

They used OSG’s Boomerang technology to show changes in banks’ mortgage portfolios based on the data the banks have reported to the FDIC. The first chart / animation shows the amounts of 90+ days late mortgages and the second one visualizes the changed amounts in mortgages that…

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OLPC: Negroponte getting USD100 laptop ready for delivery

Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC project is taking up speed with selected manufacturer Quanta Computer now having started the test production of the low-cost laptop intended for students and children in developing countries. Initial test run outputs should be available next month. Quanta has earlier selected its new plant in Changshu, China to produce the computer and [...]