This blogbook offers, with the aid of various charts, graphs, and tables, a pictorial guide to the 2008 financial crisis.
Measures of financial stress in the real economy are obfuscated by the unreliable nature of government statistics. The guy who has delved most deeply into this is John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics, whose perspective is summarized in this February 2006 interview. In this chart, the red line shows the “headline” inflation figures given out in official government releases. The SGS Alternate CPI is calculated according to the methodologies in place in 1980.
To see the presentation in order, use either the Labels below for each chapter or the Table of Contents for individual entries.
The initial presentation was made in October 2008 and was last updated in January 2009, though I recently substantially expanded the list of sources. Lately, I have been working on a blogbook called Energy Predicament.
My dubious record for 2008 is reviewed here, by some miscreants.
FEELING GLUM AND OUT OF SORTS, PERHAPS A BIT ANGRY?
YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO FEEL THAT WAY.
A good number of my charts first appeared at Contrary Investor. Though oriented toward investors, CI offers a superb analysis of the real economy and its relationship to the financial system. It is an indispensable source not only for individuals but also for any good library. So subscribe, dammit.