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Companies in their teens are thriving

Companies in their teens are thriving

Posted on December 05, 2018
The world of successful companies is changing fast. The average age of an S&P500 company is now 18 years. In 1950 it was 60. But not all young companies thrive: most of them fold before they can celebrate their 6th birthday. We investigate how companies develop and what age means to their success.

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How many dollars are there?

How many dollars are there?

Posted on November 25, 2018
The dollar is the most important currency of the world, but there are many things that are not widely known about it. How much USD is out there? What denomination has the biggest volume and value? And why is it nicknamed greenback at all? We have the answers to all these questions and more!

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Billionaires of the world

Billionaires of the world

Posted on November 12, 2018
There are 2158 billionaires in the world and they have a combined wealth of $8.9 trillion. The United States and China have the most billionaires, but while the US’ growth is slowing down, China’s is getting faster. Still: American billionaires have three times the wealth of their Chinese counterparts.

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How big is the world’s economy?

How big is the world’s economy?

Posted on October 28, 2018
The GDP of the world totals up to $80 trillion. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of this production is centered around important hubs on every continent. Some changes may come to the leaders, but the giants are holding their places. But how much money is $80 trillion? It would take Apple more than 300 years to have that much sales.

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These are the most powerful passports of the world

These are the most powerful passports of the world

Posted on October 21, 2018
What makes a passport powerful? Mostly visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel for citizens holding the passport, but there might be other factors too. We collected the three biggest indices that rank passports by strenght. Developed western countries usually top the lists.

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