Six Simple U.S. Economic Charts Worth Thinking Carefully About

By: Ian Campbell | Tue, Oct 16, 2012
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An article yesterday presented six charts attributed to David Rosenberg (Gluskin Sheff, Toronto) that are said to show:

The following table shows the U.S. population, and percentage growth in population during the 1959 - 2012 time period (millions - sources various). Note the comparatively consistent annual growth in absolute numbers per year over the 53-year period. This table, in combination with Mr. Rosenberg's housing charts, puts current U.S. housing starts into even clearer 'dampening' perspective.


Year U.S. Population Growth (#'s) Avg Annual Growth (#'s)
1959 177.1 - -
1969 202.7 25.6 2.6
1979 225.1 22.4 2.2
1989 247.3 22.2 2.2
1999 275.6 28.3 2.8
2007 299.4 23.8 2.4
2012 313.0 13.6 2.7


All that said, I suggest you take the time to visit the article at 3 Big Areas that David Rosenberg Gets Right and review these six charts, particularly the first four of them.

Topical Reference: 3 Big Areas that David Rosenberg Gets Right, from Business Insider, Cullen Roche, October 15, 2012 - reading time 3 minutes.



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