By Robin Kwong and Steve Bernard
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By Robin Kwong and Steve Bernard
In 1985 all sovereign bond issues rated by Moody’s were investment grade. Since then riskier emerging markets have gained access to debt markets and some advanced economies have been downgraded following the global crisis
According to the latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics, the number of smartphone sales rose by 21 per cent on an annual basis in the first quarter of 2015. Samsung overtook Apple to once again be the biggest smartphone seller by volume
New York, Rome, Berlin and Mexico City. Which is the odd one out?
It is Rome. It missed out on being in the top 10 cities out of 55 indexed by Youthful Cities, a Toronto-based organisation that has started ranking metropolises based on their ability to meet the demands of their young residents (aged 15-29).
New York topped the list, with London coming in second and Berlin third. More interestingly Mexico City slipped into the top 10, the only non US, Canadian or European city to do so. The mix gets more interesting for the top 20, with the likes of Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Santiago making the cut. (See full post for list.) Read more
The amount of cash and cash equivalents held by Apple has more than quadrupled since 2010, enough to buy Coca-Cola or Disney outright. Amazon, however, is out of reach due to a recent surge in the share price. Read more
Polls suggest that the UK general election on May 7 will result in a hung parliament. A coalition, or a minority government backed by a “confidence and supply” deal with other parties, is likely to come to power.
This interactive graphic shows the scenarios possible based on the current projection from ElectionForecast.co.uk. Read more
The Tories must be cursing the Office for National Statistics. Just when they wanted to trumpet solid growth in the economy nine days before the general election, pesky official figures suggest growth of only 0.3 per cent in the first quarter. There is no doubt this is a bad figure. As the chart shows, it is the worst quarterly growth rate since the end of 2012.
According to the latest IMF forecasts, Papua New Guinea is forecast to be the fastest-growing economy in the world in 2015, managing to increase the size of its gross domestic product by about a fifth
The chart below shows the 2010 general election result for every seat in Great Britain with the colour showing the party that won . Dots that are nearer the apex of the triangle had a higher vote share for Labour in 2010, those closer to the bottom left; for the conservatives while the bottom right corner shows the share for all other parties.
Due to a mix of scarce resources, methodological difficulties and poor incentives, much of the data collected on the world’s poor is either inaccurate or missing. That’s one of the findings of a study being released today by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) at the Cartagena Data Festival in Colombia.
While the trend of falling poverty is genuine, the ODI think that numbers in poverty may be being understated by up to 350 million, more than the entire population of the US. Read more
Our new unemployment tracker shows the latest jobs data across the European Union, including top-line figures for each country’s constituent regions. The most recent figures are for September 2014.
You can also download the latest data using the link beneath the graphic. Read more
On desktop, Google accounts for the vast majority of all searches while Baidu, a Chinese company, is a distance second. On mobile and tablet, Google’s dominance is even starker, with a market share of more than 90 per cent.
The strengthening of the US dollar has reduced the competitiveness of the US compared to the rest of the world according to an analysis of prices conducted by Deutsche Bank. However it remains the cheapest place to pick up an iPhone. In Brazil an iPhone 6 costs almost twice as much as in the US — in the UK you’ll pay a 23 per cent premium.
In bitesized form, here is a checklist of what we do – and don’t know about the man who would be prime minister’s plans: Read more
The Electoral Commission keeps a record of every donation above £7,500 to Britain’s political parties. Although nominally transparent, the records are difficult to use: the only unique identifier for each donor is their name.
This is further complicated by the inconsistent use of titles and initials as well as addresses attached to the names of businesses and organisations.
The FT has cleaned the data to make it easier to use with this interactive graphic. Donations to individual members of parliament are included in their party’s totals. Read more
Shift from traditional two-party race means different ways of predicting vote result are being used Read more
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