The 5 Coolest Money Infographics (Lately)

bigdog posted on 04/08/11 at 09:42 AM

So many investors and traders are tech fans - from Google- and Apple-watchers to those seeking to speculate in alternative fuels, green technologies or artificial intelligence (AI). If you count yourself among this group, this infographic may open your eyes to some promising sectors for future investments. 

2. How to Sell a Home by

This infographic gives the skinny to would-be home sellers in a soft real estate market, but it's also an interesting read for anyone watching the housing sector - or seeking to buy a home under the new conditions out there. Clearly the rules of the real estate game have changed quite a lot in recent years, so it's revealing to see what the personal-finance experts at Mint think are the new dynamics at play for buyers, sellers and renters alike.

3. How the Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck by 

I often hear economists and market pundits cite the huge contributions of the U.S. consumer to both the domestic and international economies - an oft-cited figure suggests 70% of domestic demand can be traced back to individual shoppers like you and me. So naturally a timely take on what and where these consumers are spending makes for interesting reading (or viewing) for any sector-investor. 

It's also interesting to check out this infographic from a contrarian perspective: which expenditures could use some slimming down, and when will consumers get hip to the new normals and adjust their spending accordingly?

4. The Skyrocketing Costs of Childcare in America, also from 

We hear lots about the boom in healthcare in light of baby-boomers retiring, but anyone who has kids knows it's more expensive than ever to raise a child - so that childcare money is flowing out of our pockets somewhere. Interesting food for thought, right?

5. Investment Returns Vary Over the Long Run from The New York Times' Business Day

I saved the juiciest one for last, folks. I found this fascinating graphic via MyMoneyBlog, and it's likely to stir up all kinds of interesting conversation if you take a closer look. The graphic measures investment returns for the S&P 500 over various timeframes, starting in the 1920s through 2010. As the graphic reveals, timing one's entry and exit into a given investment is super-important - more important than most investors realize. 

Another takeaway: it's very important which sector and which investment you pick in a given period, since we all know some sectors can perform even in the worst of broader markets (and vice versa).

What enlightening infographics have you been tracking lately?

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Posted by bigdog on 04/08/11 at 09:42 AM


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