THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

  LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

          1/1/18…  15,680.47

      12/25/17…  15,676.62

        6/27/13…  15,000.00

      

(THE DOW JONES INDEX: 1/1/18… 24,829.05; 12/25/17… 24,754.06.74; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for January 1, 2018 – HOW DON JONES DID in 2017!

 

Without apology let us express to you and yours, to Don Jones and his family and to the good and decent people of the world (sorry, not you, Harvey, sorry Kim) best wishes for a Happy New Year – perhaps the only salutation remaining unpoliticized in America these days.

Settle in for football, feasting and freezing.  Back to work tomorrow, sort of, next week in earnest.  The Senate returns January 9th, with seven working days to conjure up an already-delinquent budget and deal with the extraneous issues (the Wall, the Dreamers, the flu) that will bubble up out of all the Republicans and the ten Democrats who will be required to pass the damn thing over the steely gazes of Chuck and Nancy and the instinctual animus of their base towards traitors.  (The House will have started in on its horse-trading and squawking as early as Wednesday, but… unless two liberal Supremes can be liquidated and replaced and SCOTUS bum-rushes through repeal of the Byrd Laws requiring a supermajority vote on budgets… the Senate will be somebody’s Yorktown, Gettysburg and Marne all in one.)

All is calm, all is bright.  The rich now have permanency (meaning seven years… three if The Donald is overthrown in 2020) to unwrap and enjoy their presents from Santa Claus.  The middle class will also have seven years to enjoy their tax cuts before they morph, like Cinderella’s horses, back into rats.  And the poor, the sick and the elderly will have seven days’ grace before the G.O.P. and the still-unknown-but-traitorous-ten wave their wants and turn them into greasy stains like the CNN logo on Trump’s shoe by cutting or eliminating their social security, Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies and so on to “balance” the budget and make possible the next phase of Team Trump’s dream… infrastructure (meaning the Beautiful Wall, prisons, cybernetic superhighways to transport robot replacement workers from auto assembly lines to Wal-Mart stockrooms and NARPs… Native American Removal Protocols to cleanse proposed toxic waste dumps and fracking zones of unsightly and guilt-inducing protestors)!

At least they will have had the chance to enjoy Superbowl LII on their radios (after they cut off the cable) or on their car radios (if they are evicted from their domiciles).

So, until the fun returns, we have a little time and space for reflection – and let’s reflect on the status of Don Jones, as measured by the Indices.  Actually, the economic half of the Index was not so bad… unemployment down, median incomes up (a little), inflation up only a little (save for occasional wild swerves this way or that on gasoline), the Dow up (a lot).

We began the Don three and one half years ago, nearly exactly.  It had been running for awhile, but June 29, 2013 was the first installment in which we totaled up the whole of indices (and yes, there have been some changes in the interim – some adjustments and consolidations.)

On that first date, the Dow and the Don were unified – fifteen thousand points each.  The majority of the composite, sixty percent, was economic; the remainder was social.  The so-called “misery index”… inflation and unemployment… played and still plays a dominant role, as does the Dow.

Remember, Don Jones is every American.  Rich, middle-class and the bipartisanly neglected poor (who, however, will intrude into America’s consciousness over the next few weeks, or months, as Republicans in the Congress seek to finance Mister Trump’s tax cuts for the rich by shredding the safety net.  But don’t expect too much outcry from Chuck and Nancy and their minions; the Democratic Party is as deep into identity politics and political correctness as the Donald now claims America is really ruled by a “deep state”… unknown, unelected and shadowy figures as populated the imagination of Joe McCarthy and Dick Nixon.  But they were drunks.  Trump is a teetotaler, McConnell and Ryan are, for the most part, sober.  Prominent Democrats are already saying that, if the government is to be shut down in less than three weeks, it will be over the Dreamers and the Wall (self-martyring stances that POTUS is willing, if not eager, for them to assume).

If they can stoke their self-righteousness by persuading the President not to search out and deport a bunch of illegal aliens… mostly Mexicans and the such… at a cost of throwing the poor, the old and the sick under the bus, well, so be it.

The wheels on the bus go round and around.

And now let’s take a look at the whole taco – piece by piece by piece…

(Of course, again bearing in mind that these figures were averages, meaning they included the economic year for Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg as well as for Billy, the burger flipper, and Harriet, the home health care aide.)

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX  (Private Sector)

 

On the economic side, we encounter three main factors… income, outgo and debt.

 

INCOME…

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

This has been a favorite whipping-boy of the complaining classes; that horrible bosses (say alt-left populists… aka Socialists or outright Communists) and blue, meanie bureaucrats conspiring with greasy, criminal Mexicans (alt-right populism) are driving the wages of hard-working Americans down, down, down into a bottomless pit of degradation.  Actually, and on the whole, wage growth has pulled slightly ahead of inflation.  Of course, as noted above, there are plenty of caveats.

Median Income (yearly)

Like wages, yearly income has edged upwards slightly, although it actually fell in 2017 – perhaps because so many of the new jobs that Don Jones took were part time, temporary or a part of that shadowy under-the-table “independent contractor” work.  Unfortunately, neither DebtClock nor federal agencies have calculated the yearly increase in elite earnings like investment income, hedge-fund hedges or golden parachutes and such.  Perhaps somebody else has, and the DJI will ferret them out!

Unempl. (BLS – in millions)

The precipitous drop in unemployment has been touted as the greatest (next to the Dow) achievement of the Trump administration by… of course, Mister Trump, himself.  The numbers are impressive but, aside from the dodgy nature of some of the new jobs created, unemployment fell by 11½% per year since Djonald’s inauguration, but more than twice that over the three and a half years since foundation of the Index.  Who’s to credit/blame?  That wicked Obama with his expensive suits and his tongue and his… fingers… or, perhaps, Dubya, for steering the ship of state onto that iceberg in 2008 and ratcheting up the jobless rate to a stratospheric status that it could be lowered by a reality-show contestant, let alone host?

       Official (DC - in millions)

     Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

The Debtclock official and unofficial figures differ slightly from, but tend to reflect the slower, but perhaps more accurate figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  One may note that, until the dawn of 2017, official unemployment figures were decreasing faster than the ranks of the jobless in the unofficial “shadow economy”.

Workforce Participation

      Percentage (DebtClock)

Despite the reported aging of America, participation figures changed little over the years since the DJI began.  Slightly more Americans have found or are looking for work since Trump took office.

WP Percentage (ycharts)

 

OUTGO…

The unofficial DebtClock and official ycharts (they tout themselves as “the premier cloud-based investment decision-making platform”) were almost identical, although the former remained about a percentage point higher consistently over the 3½ year period.

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

 

(Food, Gasoline, Medical

  Costs and Shelter)

Overall inflation, as we have already noted, was low to moderate, offsetting the slow wage growth.  Price increases for almost every service and commodity were modest, with all those singled out actually lower than income appreciation (with the exception of medical care, as exploited by both sides in the ongoing partisan wrangling).  The exception was gasoline and, in fact, all fuel-related products which jumped up or fell back almost from week to week, depending on the whims of producers and circumstances in the MidEast.  After rising through 2016, the cost at the pump fell back to where it stands now… less than a quarter of a percentage point lower than in mid-2013.

Dow Jones Index

As President Trump has consistently noted (and taken sole credit for) the Dow has been on a roll since the bleak days of 2008-9, when it bottomed out at under 7,000.  Now, it is more than thrice that, and lunging for the 25,000 brass ring owing, in no little part, to the rocketing high-tech and mail-order sectors.  NASDAQ and most other indices are also thriving.

Housing  (Sales) 

                 (Prices)

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEBT…

 

A key factor in the recovery is the bounceback in housing sales and prices, which also tanked in 2008 when the mortgage bubble was pricked.  Housing valuations have actually exceeded the performance of the Dow over the past 3½ years, although the growth has been scattershot… prices (and rents) soaring past the moon in the coastal cities and a few high-tech hubs like Austin and Boston, but stagnant in rural America and the old rust belt.  A key issue in whether economic recovery can continue is whether Mr. Jones can be persuaded to leave his now-worthless communities and migrate to where the jobs are… and whether his children will acquire the skills necessary to better their lives.  (See Education, Science and Technology)

 

 

Personal Debt

Unfortunately, Don and family are still spending more than they earn, and the credit companies are all-too-willing to subsidize the private spree with MasterCard, VISA and innumerable imitators, payday and title loans and queer tax refund manipulations – just as Wall Street and Beijing are subsidizing the government’s blithe heedlessness.  The question of if and when creditors will tighten their grasp on the throats of America and Americans, and how high interest rates will go, will be paramount over the next 3½ years.

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX  (Public Sector)

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

Expenditures (in tr.)

The government is actually collecting more in revenues (taxes) than it has been spending (at least on the books).  Both have fallen somewhat since Trump took office, but recall the maneuverings and black holes that kept the debt ceiling from being exceeded and the deficit barely under 20 trillion for weeks.  Economists, almost without exception (the President’s term for them is probably fake economists – unless he wants to bring back the old voodoo black magic) say that much touted growth will not cover the cost of the tax cuts.  What will Congress do?  We’ll find out in less than three weeks (or perhaps not, if they remain deadlocked and decide to punt again).

National Debt (tr.)

Thanks to creative accounting, the Cabinet Mnuchkins were able to sing away catastrophe for weeks last year until throwing in the towel.  The good news is that we are not borrowing quite so fast as in the Obama years.  The bad news is that our creditors are watching.

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

If the DebtClock numbers are to be believed, Don Jones has actually been more thrifty than the politicians… although that isn’t saying much.  Low interest rates (seldom passed on to consumers by the credit companies) are starting to rise, and while most households are not in crisis mode yet, the examples of Greece and, now, Iran, are ominous.

Foreign Debt (tr.)

Here, again, is another game of three-card monte.  Our IOUs to the rest of the world were rather static over the past 3½ years, and actually went down a smidgen… despite those other indicators indicating something deeper and more troubling at work.

Exports (in billions – bl.)

Imports (bl.)

Exports weren’t very bad, unless you are a disciple of the Church of Growth, in which case they were anaemic.  A little over one percent a year, but on the positive side, at least.  Imports, however, that was the problem.  We bought cars and televisions from Japan, oil from the Saudis, fresh produce from South America and most everything else from China.

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

Consequently, our trade deficit has become alarming, subject to wild swings every week which – were the category more weighted – would make the Don every bit as volatile as the Dow.  In fact, having lost more than a third of its value since recorded time began, we are going to prevent the potentiality of a complete meltdown by doubling the value of the category, as well as that of our exports and imports.  The President has, time and again, talked about reforming our trade policy and negotiating new deals… the time for talk has passed,

Next week, we’ll take a look at the social side of the DJI and see where America went right… or wrong… and what can be done to improve our standing.

 

The Christmas to New Years’ week was, as usual, a quiet one.  Most of the experts who issue their pronouncements on economic issues were home for the holidays, and most of the agitators who spur on changes in social policy… climatologists, terrorists, doctors, celebrities and criminals… were taking the week off.

So, the DJI was rather quiet, as was… uncharacteristically… the Dow.  The entirety of its increase… more than that, actually, came in the usually-placid “median income” category which, being a DebtClock estimate, contained projected gains due to the tax cuts and, for a few, some of the year end and special bonuses paid to corporate employees.  This augurs a rise in the BLS/trading economics wage figures, which will be updated later in the month.  Moreover, there was an actual decrease in personal debt… a tiny one, only two one-hundredths of a point… but a rare occurrence all the same.  Could this be a sign that economic recovery will continue into 2018, despite all the signs of stormy weather ahead?

As Djonald is fond of saying: We will see!

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                                 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

INCOME

 

(24%)

BASE

6/27/13

      RECKONINGS

       LAST            CHANGE

 

NEXT

DON

12/25/17

DON

1/1/18

 

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

      12/18/17

+0.09%

Jan. 18

     1,466.17

 

     1,466.17

 

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.24

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

1/1/18

+0.04%

1/8/18

650.01

654.22

debtclock.org/    30,790

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

12/11/17

-2.44%

Jan. 18

     1,110.17

     1,110.17

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     4.1 nc

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

1/1/18

-0.26%

1/8/18

523.90

524.46

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,554

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

1/1/18

-0.34%

1/8/18

507.65

508/33

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    12,702

Workforce Participation

     Number (in millions)

     Percentage (DC)

2%

300

1/1/18

 

+0.04%

+0.001%

1/8/18

286.17

286.18

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.) 

In: 154,062 Out 95,456 Total 249,618

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  61.74% nc

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

12/11/17

nc

Jan. 18

149.37

149.37

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate   62.70%

 

 

OUTGO

    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

12/18/17

+0.4%

1/8/18

981.13

981.13

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.4

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

12/18/17

nc

1/8/18

279.82

279.82

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     nc

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

12/18/17

+7.3%

1/8/18

296.96

296.96

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +7.3

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

12/18/17

+0.6%

1/8/18

266.75

266.75

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.6

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

12/18/17

+0.2%

1/8/18

285.96

285.96

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.2

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

1/1/18

  +1.33%

1/8/18

429.05

429.05

Dow – 24,829.05

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

1/1/18      1/1/18

Sales   +7.79%    Valu.   +1.18%

1/8/18

212.65         225.87

212.65         225.87

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.81 Valuations (K):  248.0

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

1/1/18

   +0.07%

1/8/18

261.29

261.31

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    57,306

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

          NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

1/1/18

 +0.12%

1/8/18

383.90

384.36

debtclock.org/       3.368

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

1/1/18

 +0.05%

1/8/18

262.40

262.27

debtclock.org/       4.029

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

1/1/18

 +0.03%

1/8/18

354.45

354.33

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    20,613

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

1/1/18

+0.05%

1/8/18

372.03

371.86

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    69,023

 

 

 

 

           GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

1/1/18

+0.31%

1/8/18

306.74

305.78

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.378

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

11/13/17

-0.46% 

1/8/18

156.62

156.62

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html 195.9

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

11/13/17

-1.76%

1/8/18

132.87

132.87

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html 244.6

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

11/13/17

-10.68% 

1/8/18

99.66

99.66

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html  48.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%) 

      ACTS of MAN

(9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

1/1/18

  -0.2%

1/8/18

426.36

425.51

US cuts funding to UN (but picks up support from Guatemala on Jerusalem embassy.  Iranians revolt against bad economy.  Defecting N. Korean soldier found to test for anthrax – raising possibility of germ warfare.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

1/1/18

   -0.1%

1/8/18

223.70

223.92

South Korea deports potential terrorosts.  Mad bombers/shooters strike Egypt, Kabul, St. Petersburg (Russia).  Intrepid authorities evacuate Seattle ferry terminal over suspicious fruitcake.  America goes on New Years Eve security binge.

 

Private/Public Corruption 

2%

300

1/1/18

    +0.1%

1/8/18

306.82

306.51

In Alabama, loser Roy Moore refuses to concede, hanging on like winter cold.  Russia and China caught selling oil to North Korea.  Trump accuses FBI of tribalism.

 

Crime

1%

150

1/1/18

  +0.1%

1/8/18

237.00

236.76

Gamer feud ends in swatting death of unarmed man.  76 year old New Orleans woman shoots burglar.  Kentucky woman killed by pitbull. 

 

 

      ACTS of GOD             

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

1/1/18

    +0.1%

1/8/18

344.04

344.38

Coast to coast white Christmas – polar vortex back.  EPA to strengthen lead paint rules.

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

1/1/18

    +0.3%

1/8/18

357.51

356.44

12 killed in Bronx apartment fire, 10 in Costa Rica plane crash.  Pipeline blast in Libya sends gas prices up – briefly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX          (15%)

Science, Tech. & Education

4%

600

1/1/18

-0.1%

1/8/18

628.77

628.14

Apple iPhone slowdown… cynics allege that they are sabotaging existing product to make consumers buy newer models.   (They wouldn’t do that, would they?)

 

 

Equality (economic/social)

4%

600

1/1/18

-0.2%

1/8/18

732.33

732.33

Courts rule small bake shop must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to gay snowflakes whose feelings were hurt because they wouldn’t bake them a cake.

 

 

Health

4%

600

1/1/18

 -0.1%

1/8/18

539.43

538.89

WHO calls videogaming a mental health issue?  W.H.O., that’s who.  Claire’s children’s makeup caught in pirate cosmetic and toothpaste scam.  Trump to AIDS panel: “You’re fired!”  Crawl away and die,

 

 

Freedom and Justice                        

3%

450

1/1/18

  +0.1%

1/8/18

500.41

500.41

IRS wrestles with confusing property tax advance payments due to tax bill.  Four Ohio teens charged with murder in sandbag over the bridge “prank”.  Peruvian ex-President Fujimori gets out of jail early.  Feliz Navidad!

 

                     

                       MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

All miscellaneous incidents

 (transient and cultural)

10%

1000

1/1/18

+0.2%

1/8/18

1069.52

1071.66

Record holiday sales and Star Wars ticket sales.  RIP actress Rose Marie and mystery author Sue Grafton.  Ringo Starr knighted.  Ugly animatronic Trump heckled at Disneyland by man shouting “He’s not real!”

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of December 25th through December 31st, 2017 was UP 3.85 points. 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – Trends (yearly and over 3½ years)

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                                 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

     INCOME  (24%)

 

 

BASE

6/27/13

DON

12/30/16

DON

12/25/17

% over

2016

% over

Base

  Yearly

  Avg. %

CURRENT

RECKONING

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

    1,431.68

 

1,466.17

 

101.04%

  107.79%

(+2.23)

 22.24

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

650.32

650.01          99.95%

 

108.32%

(+2.38)

30,592

 

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

995.92

1,110.17     111,46%

1

185.02%

(+24.29)

 4.1

 

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

481.80

523.90        108.81%

 

174,63%

(+21.32)

6,561

 

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

451.47

507.65        112,44%

 

169.21%

(+19.77)

12,719

 

Workforce Participation

    

          Percentage (DC)

2%

300

284.69

286.17        100.52%

  

  95.38%

(-1,32)

In 154,034 (millions): Out 95,441    

Total 249,475

% in  61.74%

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)

1%

150

149.52

149.37           99,90%

 

  99.58%

(=0.12)

% in  62.70%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    OUTGO    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

998.86    

981.13

  98.22%

  93.44%

(=1.87)

    +0.4

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

287.77

279.82

  97,24%

  93.27%

(=1.92)

     nc

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

362.06

296.96

  82.02%

  98.99%

(=0.29)

    +7.3

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

271.68

266.75

  98.19%

  88.92%

(-3.17)

    +0.6

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

292.90

285.96

  97.63%

  95.32%

(=1.34)

    +0.2

 

 

    WEALTH   (6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

350.72

429.05

122,33%

143,02%     (+12,29)   

 24,754.06

 

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

202.10         209.97

212.65

225.87

105.22% 107.57%

141.77%     (+11.93)

150.58%     (+14.45)

Sales (M):  5.81

Valuations (K):  248.0

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

268.94

261.29

  86.00%

  87.10%     (- 3.69)

  57,310

 

 

 

 

               AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 NATIONAL  (10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

378.41

383.33

 

101.30%

 

127.78%

(+7.94)

  3.364

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

268.93

262.47

 

  97.60%   

        87.49%

(=3.57)

  4.027

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

368.34

354.61

 

 96.27%

        78.80%

(-6.06)

 20,606

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

386.13

372.38

 

 97.96%

 

  82.75%

(-4.93)

 68,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    GLOBAL  (5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

   2%

300

317.70

306.93

  96.61%

 

102.30%

(=0.66)

 

   6.362

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

   1%

150 3

149.32

156.62

104.88%

 

104.41%

(+1.26)

 

   195.9

 

Imports (bl.)

   1%

150 3

141.76

132.87

  93.73%       

 

  88.58%

(+3.26)

 

   244.6

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

   1%

150 3

117.62

99.66

  84.73%

 

  66.44%

(+9.59)

 

 -   48.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    SOCIAL INDICES

(40%)

 

 

 

 

 

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX         (15%) 

 

 

 ACTS of MAN  (9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

414.19

 

426.36

102.94%

  94.75%

(=1.50)

Terrorism

2%

300

235.02

 

223.70

95.18%

  74.57

(-7.27)

Private/Public Corruption 

2%

300

311.17

 

306.82

98.60%

102.27%

(+0.79)

 

Crime

1%

150

246.90

 

237.00

95.99%

  79.00%

(-11.99)

 

  ACTS of GOD  (6%) 

   

 

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

395.27

344.04

87.04%

76.45%        (-6.73)

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

386.58

357.51

92.46%

  79.45

(-5.87)

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX          (15%)

Science, Tech. & Education

    4%

600

581.14

628.77

108.20%

104.80.%

(+1.37)

 

 

Equality (economic/social)

    4%

600

728.66

732.33

100.50%

122.06%

(+6.30)

 

 

Health

    4%

600

569.57

539.43

  94.71%

  89.91%

(-2.88)

 

 

Freedom and Justice                        

    3%

450

510.88

500.41

  97.95%

111.20%

(+3.18)

 

 

 

 

 

              MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

 

 

All miscellaneous incidents

 (transient and cultural)

   10%

1000

1028.85

1069.52

103.95%

106.95%

(+1.99)