Bailout Statistics: Fannie Mae payments to U.S. to exceed bailout

As the 2008 crisis unfolded, the US Government stepped in and bailed out many important institutions – Fannie Mae was an important one, which got a bailout package of more than 116 billion US dollars. We spotted this stat today, that Fannie will pay the government $7.2 billion in March. With that payment, the company will have sent $121 billion in dividends to the government — compared with the $116 billion it requested from the Treasury. (Source)

The bailouts were a good deal for the Government, after all.

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Kickstarter 2013 Statistics: Half-A-Billion Dollars, 20K Projects

For a reasonably new investing trend based on crowdfunding, these are huge numbers. We spotted this stat today, that in 2013, roughly $480 million went to 19,911 projects- a big increase over 2012, which saw $319,786,629 and 18,109 projects (Source)

This has definitely changed the funding landscape for new ventures. The detail is this – a specific ‘type’ of ventures – niche hardware and tools / hobby projects have seen a huge boom with this new trend. That is the piece that has been taken over by Kickstarter.

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Stunning: 1.5 Percent of ALL US Trading Pass Through This One Room

(From Alphaspotting)

It is common knowledge now, that high frequency trading contributes to more than 50 percent of all trading in the US stock markets. Here is a lesser known fact – 1.5 percent of all US trading happens from one such firm – Tradeworx -

“A pioneering high-frequency trading firm, Tradeworx, has its relatively humble offices two flights up from an Urban Outfitters in a sleepy New Jersey suburb. Twenty people work there, about half of them on the trading floor, monitoring on triple screens the fractions of a penny as they mount up, second by second. Roughly 1.5 percent of the total volume of stocks traded on US exchanges on a given day will pass, however fleetingly, through the hushed, sunlit, brick-walled room.” (Source)

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China’s Central Bank Pumps Nearly $50 Billion Into The Financial System

Well this is now fast becoming a pattern in China – liquidity has been tight for a while in the world’s second largest economy – we spotted today that in order to avoid a year-end cash crunch, China’s central bank has pumped in an additional 50 billion dollars into the financial system (Source)

The largest economy moves towards tapering, and the second largest has to pump in more. Strange design – the wheels of the global economy.

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The Stock Market Thinks That Netflix is 32 Times Better Than Apple

We will keep this one simple and choose to get killed in the comments – AAPL P/E: 12.5 NFLX P/E: 404.28. 32X!

AAPL: 501.11 +2.43 (0.49%)
Mkt cap 455.26B
P/E 12.52
Div/yield 3.05/2.43
EPS 40.04
Shares 908.50M
Beta 0.81
Inst. own 62%

NFLX: 322.88 +1.19 (0.37%)
Mkt cap 19.02B
P/E 404.28
Div/yield -
EPS 0.80
Shares 58.92M
Beta 0.78
Inst. own 95%

okay, we get the market cap part – but 32X ?

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That Deal Is No Longer Available: GRPN Hits 52 Week High

Remember the best Groupon deal ever that we had spotted – The Best Groupon Deal Ever: 86.2% Off On GRPN at NASDAQ ? Well, that deal has been over for a while now, but we spotted that GRPN is trading at a 52 week high now (Source)

The trend is positive – but with many folks questioning the very presence of a middleman in the deals space (Read: Idea: A Groupon Model Without Groupon In The Middle) and Groupon still not moving in the direction that many folks believe it should (Read: ‘Groupon Should Have Been Built As A Technology Company’) – the deal might be back, watch out!

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Dividend Statistics: Dividend Payout Ratios Reach 15-Year High

Sometimes, a company paying money back to Shareholders in the form of dividends also means that it could not find a way to invest the money back into business to grow it further. But that need not be the interpretation always – we spotted this stat today, that ‘the percentage of S&P 500 companies paying dividends is now at the highest level recorded in the past 15 years (83%) and even payout ratios for mid-cap and small cap companies are at multi-year highs’ (Source)

We are not too sure if this is a trend should be interpreted as ‘neutral’ – we think it is a net negative, overall.

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2.2 Mn People In The US Are Kept Out Of Poverty Due To The Tax System

Taxes are always tricky. The impact is even more trickier. We spotted this rather surprising statistic today, that the refundable tax credit system has had a very positive impact on poverty in the US overall: an estimated 2.1 million people in the US are kept out of poverty due to this tax system (Source)

We have written about this before: the solution to world poverty is in taxes. Look at this sad statistic: if the IRS could just somehow manage to collect taxes on under-reported income, it could help end world poverty 10 times over.

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One Tiny New Jersey Bank Accounts For Quarter of Fed’s Discount Loans

Fed’s lending pattern has been interesting hunting ground for us here at Statspotting. We had spotted quite a few Fed stats – we spotted this number today, that Grand Bank N.A has utilized some 25 percent plus of the Fed’s discount window loans (Source)

The facility has been utilized some 15 times, for a total of $387.5 million during the second quarter of 2011. The bank has just two branches – The two-branch bank accounted for 27% of all borrowing from the Fed’s short-term lending programs from April to June in 2011.

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Emerging? Brazilian Stocks Among World’s Worst Performers

We have all known this for a while now, but here are some numbers to prove that it is time to redefine the term ‘emerging’: Brazilian stocks, once considered a ticket to massive returns, are down more than 20 percent this year, making it the worst performer among emerging markets (Source)

Low domestic demand for goods is considered to be the major reason behind the fall.

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