Uber Now Worth More Than Nissan Motor

Listen. You don’t have to make cars or anything. You just need to connect people who need a ride and people who can give a ride. We spotted this stat today –

“At a $50 billion valuation, Uber would be the world’s most valuable private start-up, topping the Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi, which was last valued at $45 billion. It would also be worth more than publicly traded companies like FedEx, with a market value of $48 billion, and Nissan Motor, with a capitalization of $47 billion.”

Source

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Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year

This could be a net positive – we spotted this stat today –

“The rate of new-bank formation has slipped from an average of around 100 per year since 1990 to an average of only about three per year since 2010, write Roisin McCord, Edward Simpson Prescott and Tim Sablik.” Source

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The Dollar Will Soon Be Worth More Than The Euro

Well, that day will be here soon – we spotted this stat today:

“There’s a currency war going on, and the United States is losing. As of Wednesday, the euro had fallen to a 12-year low of $1.05, down from as much as $1.39 just last year. That’s a 24 percent drop in 11 months, to be exact, and there’s no reason to expect it to stop anytime soon.” Source

Get ready folks – big day coming up!

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Wall St Bonus More Than Double The Earnings of 1 Mn Workers

We spotted this stat today:

“The Wall Street bonus pool rose to $28.5 billion last year, and the industry added jobs for the first time since 2011 even as profits in the securities sector fell, New York state’s budget watchdog said on Wednesday.

Wall Street bonuses have been a contentious issue since the financial crisis. This year’s pool was more than double the combined earnings of 1 million American full-time minimum wage workers, according to an Institute for Policy Studies.”

(Source)

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Too Strong To Fail: All 31 Banks Clear Fed’s Annual Bank Stress Tests

We spotted this stat today:

“Of the 31 banks the Fed tested—which included the largest U.S. banks, like Bank of America, Citi, and Wells Fargo—as well as some sizable regional banks and the U.S. divisions of large international banks, all were deemed strong enough to weather a severe economic meltdown without any help from the government.” (Source)

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80% of All USD Currency In Circulation Is In The Form of $100 Bills

Well, thats two stats actually – we spotted this today that “Nearly 80% of the $1.3 trillion currency in circulation is in the form of $100 bills” (Source)

Something to think about, since we don’t see these 100 dollar bills that often. “Circulation” is a misleading term for sure.

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You’ll Never Guess: This Stock Is Up 900 Percent Year-To-Date

You read it right – 900 percent year-to-date. Smoking hot, you think? Literally.

“Among small-cap U.S. companies valued at between $50 million and $2.5 billion that have been publicly listed at least since the end of last year, the strongest performer has been Cannabis Sativa Inc. (CBDS) of Salt Lake City, which is up 900% year-to-date through Tuesday’s close at $7.50. Cannabis Sativa is in the business of “developing, manufacturing, and selling plant-derived lotions, creams, and other formulations for human consumption.” These include herbal compounds. The current line of products, many of which are derived from marijuana, are marketed through Wild Earth Naturals , which Cannabis Sativa acquired last year” (Source)

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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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