Gender Imbalance In China: 118 Boys Are Born For Every 100 Girls

This is a problem that will have a strong impact on how the Chinese economy in particular and the world economy in general will shape up in the coming decade and the next – with the one-child policy showing results now – China has a huge gender imbalance problem – we spotted this stat today, that 118 boys are born in China for every 100 girls (Source) – we had in fact written about this a year back – China: 24 Million Men To Be Perpetual Bachelors by 2020

Here is one result, to help us understand the impact – The ‘Chinese Bachelor’ Problem: No Downpayment = No House = No Wife – From that post – “The gender imbalance has in turn driven housing prices up – by some calculations, some $8 trillion of the appreciation in property values can be attributed to gender imbalance alone”

Challenging times ahead for China. History shows that when the trailer is bad, the movie would be worse.

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Amtrak Carried Record Passenger Traffic In 2012: 31.2 Mn People

We had spotted some stats on how 2012 was a good year for the auto industry and 2013 would be even better – we spotted this stat today, that Amtrak had a great year too – 2012 turned out to be a record year for Amtrak, carrying 31.2 million people (Source)

But we need to remember that of the more than 40 routes that it runs on, Amtrak is profitable only on 4. That, really, is the challenge.

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Startup Visa Statistics: 1.6 Million Jobs Could Be Created In 10 Years

This is a highly watched item particularly in and around Silicon valley – the Startup Visa movement. There have been all kinds of benefits floating around – like new job creation, more growth for the economy etc – but nobody put a number to most of these things so far. So when we spotted a number today, we wanted to let you know. We spotted this today – “A new report set to be released by the Kauffman Foundation today says the introduction of a “startup visa” for foreigners who want to start companies in the US could result in the creation of nearly 1.6 million jobs in the space of 10 years.” (Source)

How do we digest this stat? Well we all fight with the short-term vs long-term thing – here is our suggestion – four years could be a long wait to see these benefits – just Give Green Cards To People If They Buy A House In The U.S. It might have a surprisingly positive impact on the jobs scenario.

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Online Gambling Reaching The Masses – Is That A Good Thing?

It has always been a grey area – but a very profitable one at that. I mean how can you not be in a business, where people just walk in / log in, and pay you money, and leave ? That is precisely why it is a heavily regulated business. But when the regulatory environment gets cleared up, and you are a company in trouble, this becomes a very attractive business to get into. This could be your silver bullet.

That pretty much explains Zynga’s movement into online gambling, and the announcement from Mark Pincus on ‘bringing gambling to the masses’ (Source). He says that the target is to make gambling games social. Zynga would start this in the UK.

The tricky part is this: even if you could make it social, gambling remains what it is: a representation of greed. Fear and anxiety will all be part of the mix, and making it social will not take it away. What is worse, serious gamblers would just use the ‘gambling part’ and configure themselves out of the social part. What we will have soon, is a scenario where anyone can gamble away how much ever they can, with no equivalent of a “Gambling Problems? Call 1-800 .. ” and other such mechanisms from the offline world.

This is no doubt a very smart business move from Zynga. Is it good for the masses?

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Average American’s Expenditure On Personal Insurance And Pensions

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Tesla Sales Up 500 Percent In Q4, Production Rate: 20,000 Units Annually

This is a peek into the future – but maybe no longer so – Tesla just announced that sales of its electric cars went up 500 percent in Q4, and the company is now producing electric cars at an annual run rate of 20,000 units (Source).

How do we digest these numbers? Obviously, they are too small to compare to auto sales to get an idea – there the sales run rate is a million units a month. We tried to digest it based on the target market but we couldn’t, particularly given the cancelation numbers of Tesla.

So we’ll just have to digest this stat without any aid – 20K annual run rate, fast growth, still making losses. That would be it.

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The Story Of U.S. Healthcare, 1989-2011

Here is the story, in one chart – Expenditure on Healthcare, as a percent of the Average American’s expenditure.

Based on our analysis of the consumer expenditure survey data from BLS, we had also written about how Americans are very responsible spenders and how the expenditure on education has been rising for the last decade

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Americans’ ‘Headaches’ Are Eating Into Their ‘Nice Things’

We had spotted some stats on how Americans are actually responsible when it comes to spending money – that analysis on consumer expenditure over the years gave us another important insight – that the ‘headache’ elements of American life are slowly but definitely eating into the ‘Nice Things’.

This analysis is based on expenditures as a percent of annual income, and we have taken some liberty in defining which line items constitute ‘Headache’ and which line items constitute the ‘Nice Things’ (Details after the chart)

Line Items considered for ‘Basics’: Food, Housing, Transportation, Education
Line Items considered under ‘Headaches’ – Healthcare, Personal Insurance and Pensions
Line Items considered under ‘Nice Things’ – Apparel, Entertainment, Personal Care, Tobacco, Miscellaneous.

If you just glance at the chart you might not see the difference – but if you see more carefully, you will see an unmistakable trend – the headaches are slowly but surely eating into the nice things.

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The Average American’s Expenditure On Education: Up, Up and Up

Here is a chart showing how the expenditure on education has been going up steadily since 1989 – chart based on data from BLS.

How did the Americans respond, when educations expenses went up? Where did they cut down?

Of course, we had spotted earlier, that Americans are actually responsible when it comes to spending..

And statistics prove that Education Equals Employment – so this is actually an expenditure made in the right area.

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Manhattan: Housing Costs Are At 455.2 Percent of The National Average

Well all of us knew Manhattan housing is costlier than any other place in the US. Here is what we probably did not know: Groceries are at some 150 percent of the national average, and housing cost is at 455.2 percent of the national average. That is a huge, huge number – more than four times the national average for anything is an attention seeking number. And we spotted the following as well:

Category Manhattan Price as a Percentage of National Average

Composite 225.6%
Grocery 149.9%
Housing 455.2%
Utilities 129.0%
Transportation 123.5%
Health 129.4%
Miscellaneous 148.5%

Of course, the P&L would not be too bad: just look at the average salary in the securities industry

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