Keith Fray

The Bank of Japan’s move to negative interest rates last week- after Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the eurozone- means nations making up almost a quarter of world output now have a central bank with a negative policy rate.

February 1: the day in 4 charts

Andrew Whiffin

Eight years ago Barack Obama showed it is possible for a candidate to move from relative obscurity to victory in months; this time in 2008 Hillary Clinton was still the favorite for the Democratic party nomination

January 29: the day in four charts

Valentina Romei

There were nearly 3 million more people in employment in the third quarter of 2015 in the Eurozone than there were two years before. Of these, 1.6 million – over 53% per cent – were from the countries given the acronym ‘PIIGS’, for Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Read more

January 28: the day in four charts.

Valentina Romei

More than two-third of the capital invested by foreign groups in greenfield projects in the UK last year was in real estate, renewable energy and oil and gas. Property is the most targeted sector in the last decade.

January 27: the day in four charts

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, gave a speech last week lamenting that the liberalising policies adopted by the Thatcher government in the 1980s never led to widespread share ownership:

The Tories promised a “shareholding democracy” would arrive through privatisation. A “trickle-down effect” would mean that, even if the rich got very rich indeed, everyone else would be a little better off.

But the promises of freedom and “popular capitalism” turned out to be illusory.

Today, share ownership by individuals is at the close to the lowest level ever recorded. Just 12 per cent of shares are owned by individuals in the UK, down from 28 per cent in 1982, and pension funds own only 3 per cent.

It would be fair to call these figures misleading and point out that people can own shares through insurance companies or they might have a stake in other kinds of funds as well as their pension. So if between them individuals and pension funds own just 15 per cent of shares who owns the rest? Read more

January 26: the day in four charts

Valentina Romei

Donald Trump leads Republican polls, but 38 per cent of US adults say he would make a terrible president, 10 percentage points more than think the same of the Democrats’ Hilary Clinton. About one in five has negative views of Jeb Bush. Read more

January 25: the day in four charts

January 22: the day in four charts

Valentina Romei

Employment in information and communication technology is rising and makes up 5 per cent of UK jobs, above the EU average of 3.7 per cent. The profession is male-dominated: fewer than two in 10 IT specialists in the EU are women.

January 21: the day in four charts

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Valentina Romei

Casual workers were the first hit in the financial crisis, with a fall of more than 1 percentage point in their share of employment in the Eurozone in the two years to the third quarter of 2009. Temporary employment is on the rise again.

January 20: the day in four charts: on Twitter and Facebook

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Valentina Romei

Spanish house prices started to grow in mid-2014 but they are still 30 per cent lower than at the start of 2010. They have risen steadily in Germany since then and in the past three years in the UK and US. They continue to fall in Italy

January 19: the day in four charts

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Keith Fray

There are estimated to be 39m more males than females in China, some 25m of whom are aged under 20. The sex ratio at birth has averaged 117 males per 100 females since 2000, compared with the biological norm of 105.