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
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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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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:
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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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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