Some numbers and some estimates…

This is from McKinsey Quarterly. Just a collection of facts and estimates. If you find something useful, great. A nice read anyway…
Some facts and predictions to make you think
Total world cross-border trade as a percentage of global GDP
  • 1990: 18%
  • 2015 (estimated): 30%
Number of regional trade agreements
  • In 1990: 50
  • In 2005: 250
Change in Germany’s population over the age of 75 from 2005 to 2015: 33
Increase in tax burden needed to maintain current benefit levels for Germany’s future generation: 90%
Change in Japan’s population over the age of 75 from 2005 to 2015: 36%
Change in Japan’s population under the age of 5 from 2005 to 2015: -13%
Increase in tax burden needed to maintain current benefit levels for Japan’s future generation: 175%
Computational capability of an Intel processor, as measured in instructions per second

  • 1971: 60,000
  • 2005: 10,800,000,000
Multiple by which e-mail traffic has grown from 1997 to 2005: 215
Number of US tax returns prepared in India

  • 2003: 25,000
  • 2005: 400,000
Combined market cap of top 150 mega-institutions

  • 1994: $4 trillion
  • 2004: $11 trillion
Total capital under management by private equity firms in 2003 in the United States and Europe: $1 trillion
Market cap of the NYSE in 2003: $11 trillion
Growth rate of the total wealth controlled by millionaires in China from 1986 to 2001: 600%
Estimated number of Chinese households to achieve European income levels by 2020 (assuming real income grows at 8 percent annually): 100 million
Total number of workers in China: 750 million
Number employed in China’s state-owned companies: 375 million
Year when the income gap in the United States between the wealthiest 5% and the bottom 10% was the widest ever recorded: 2004
Part of national GDP spent on the public sector in the United Kingdom in 2004: 20%
UK public-sector spending as a ratio of GDP when transfer payments (for example, pensions) are included: 40%
Proportion of Latin Americans who would prefer a dictator to democracy if he improved their living conditions: 50%
Muslims as a percentage of the global population
  • 2000: 19%
  • 2025 (estimated): 30%

Number of major violent conflicts

  • 1991: 58
  • 2005: 22
Number of coal-fired power plants China plans to build by 2012: 562
Estimated year China will overtake the United States as the number-one carbon emitter: 2025
Estimated year CO2 levels will hit 500 parts per million: 2050
Years since CO2 levels last hit 500 parts per million: 50 million
Average years it takes a CO2 molecule, once produced, to degrade: 100
Global CEOs who think overregulation is a threat to growth: 61%
Probability that a company in an industry’s top revenue quartile will not be there in five years: 30 percent

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

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