Graphics, it seems, can be worth just as many words as pictures.
This graphic (click link), compiled by Economist, is worth all 1,000. It shows the global winners and losers in growth and contraction since the monetary meltdown of 2007, adjusted for population growth.
As much as I’ve known that China, India and Brazil were among the fastest-growing economies (1,2 and 7, respectively), the curve here, with the first two growing like gangbusters and almost every leading western European country contracting alongside the U.S., says a lot of a tectonic shift in global economies.
For me, there were surprises as well. I didn’t know that Argentina, Indonesia, Poland and Taiwan ranked third through sixth in growth, respectively, before Brazil’s seventh. And I guess I didn’t realize just how low on the list I’d find the United States.