Category Archives: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

The DoD Loves Complex Charts

As you know, Bob, I’m mildly obsessed with how to display data visually. Displaying data well is tough, especially when you’re talking about complex data. When I have to design a chart for some crazy-ass set of data, I often look at how others have done the same thing, and I keep tabs on blogs [...]

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H1N1 Swine Flu vs. Google

These are the daily new confirmed cases of H1N1 as reported by the World Health Organization in their situation updates versus Google’s search volume for H1N1 or swine flu.

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My Bedtime as a Function of My Age

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What’s Old as a Function of My Age

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A Few More Random Things About Investing

My Two Rules of Investing post resulted in several good questions from people, both in comments and in email. I’ve got answers which are worth every penny you’re paying for.

How much should I be investing? Oh, goodness, there’s a question with no good answer. It depends on what your current financial situation is, how old [...]

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Two Rules of Investing

Since the economy’s doing so well, let’s talk investing! Everything I know about investing in stocks and bonds can be boiled down to two rules.

1. Buy index funds.
2. Diversify.

To understand index funds, you have to know what an index is: a collection of companies or bonds that someone tracks to get an idea of how [...]

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A Rocket Scientist Explains Securitization

From a Marketplace report on the American Securitization Forum comes the following conversation between Kai Ryssdal and Bob Moon:

RYSSDAL: …How do you restore investor faith in what is admittedly a very important part of the economy?

MOON: Well, they’re promising straight talk, for one thing. There’s agreement here that things did get so confusing, you almost [...]

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Historical Perspective on the Jan 2009 US Job Losses

(This is an update to my November post about US job losses. For more information about where I got my data, please see that post.)

The US job market is definitely still sliding. Back in December I crunched some numbers to see how bad the job losses were as a percentage of the total number of [...]

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Historical Perspective on the November 2008 US Job Losses

Note: I’ve updated this article with more current information.

Well, that’s not good. The Department of Labor announced that there are 533,000 fewer US jobs in November than in October, which is the largest one-month drop since December of 1974, when the job numbers dropped by some 602,000.

The BusinessWeek article offers this perspective:

How bad are these [...]

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