Then and Now

October 11, 2007 vs March 5, 2013

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14253.77

  • Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73

  • GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%

  • Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million

  • Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million

  • Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion

  • US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%

  • US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion

  • Total US Debt Outstanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion

  • US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion

  • Labor Force Participation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%

  • Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6

  • S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+

  • VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%

  • 10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%

  • USDJPY: Then 117; Now 93

  • EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050

  • Gold: Then $748; Now $1583

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