US college costs (2015). Average yearly costs for attending college or university in the United States at public, private, or for-profit institutions. DATASOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
US bank bailouts (billions US$). In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the U.S. Treasury Department has deployed hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars to bail out major banks. DATASOURCE: ProPublica. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
Stock buybacks (2015-2017). Average annual amount spent on buybacks per worker (retail industry). DATASOURCE: Roosevelt Institute (S&P / SEC). WIDGET: factgraphs.org
European bank bailouts (billions of € euros). Some European banks were supported through the financial crisis. The figures above reflect capital injections recorded as ‘deficit-increasing’ (i.e., capital transfers). DATASOURCE: Eurostat. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
Attacks on NGOs worldwide (1971-2015). The Global Terrorism Database includes systematic data on domestic as well as transnational and international terrorist incidents. DATASOURCE: Global Terrorism Database. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
Resettlement – European Union (2013-2015). Resettled persons by age, sex and citizenship – annual data. DATASOURCE: Eurostat. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
Soybean prices (2014-2020). Monthly soybean prices in US$ per bushel. DATASOURCE: Macrotrends. WIDGET: factgraphs.org
The problem wasn’t that the Fed ended quantitative easing [in 2014], it was that the Fed began quantitative easing in the first place. During QE, not only were commodity prices pushed up, but borrowing costs were dirt cheap. It made sense during the time for farmers to borrow heavily to binge on land and equipment, in order to meet the “demand” for soybeans or other goods that was being signaled to them by higher prices.