Christmas comes early for chart porn addicts this year, courtesy of Goldman Sachs which has compiled its top 100 favorite charts together in one place.
As Goldman's Hugo Scott-Gall. says:
This is a supplementary chart book to our final Fortnightly Thoughts of the year. In it, we take the best charts that we have published throughout the year and rearrange them to tell the story of the world. Our story is not just of 2011, but also of the years to come, as the world changes at a rapid clip. What follows is a quick read, and hopefully an enjoyable one.
However, there?s a very serious thread running through the following pages. It?s one of realignment, as the different speeds of the world's economies are shown starkly through a multitude of lenses, including growth in consumption, resources, number of cities, favourite brands, farming yields, trading partners and the role and size of government.
When seen together, the bigger picture of the visible and less visible changes in the world becomes clearer. Our subject matter is drawn from a myriad of areas, from the structure of global trade to the world?s highest paid sports teams.