The Largest Companies over the Last Century

Over the last century, eleven companies have held the title of “largest company” by market capitalization. The following graphic shows these companies and their respective reigns (h/t The Big Picture). Click for the large image.

Largest Company by Market Cap, 1920 - 2012

Largest Company by Market Cap, 1920 – 2012

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Different Views of the Stock Market

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:

 

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Is it Time to Move to CASSH?

Maybe not quite, but it IS time to make room for a new acronym in your life: CASSH, or Canada, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, represents (according to BlackRock) a “safer haven” in a world of economic turmoil. Think of these countries as the Anti-PIIGS, abound with hidden value opportunities rather than rioting and debt defaults (call them what you will). H/T Barry Ritholtz for the awesome infographic below.

One (not quite minor) complaint I have is that . . .

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Investing through the Economic Cycle

From around the web, I thought I would share some useful charts. The first chart shows the characteristics of different phases of the economic cycle, including how different asset classes behave:

Characteristics of Each Phase of the Economic Cycle

ACG Advisors: Characteristics of Each Phase of the Economic Cycle

This chart shows the best sectors to buy at different times:

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All The World’s Gold

From Numbersleuth.com (h/t AdvisorAnalyst) we find this infographic about gold.

Something I found interesting: Italy has the third largest holding of gold in its central bank reserves with between 2-3,000 metric tons of gold. Value: $112 – 170 billion USD. Though this still pales in comparison to Italy’s $2 trillion+ in sovereign debt, you’d think liquidating this wholly unproductive “asset” would be an easy win. The same goes for Portugal, Greece and Spain. Thoughts?

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