The 16 Best Charts Of The Week

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The world is changing, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in a good series of charts.Luckily, we’ve seen no shortage of excellent charts this week that amply illustrate the changes underway.

The best charts this week touch on everything from plunging beer consumption to the longest-lasting vehicles on the road.

Now, let’s go to the charts.

NYSE margin debt is closing in on all-time highs...with an 85 per cent correlation the S&P 500

GM, Chrysler, and Mercedes vehicles seem to hold up the longest

Beer consumption has fallen rapidly in recent years as consumption of wine and spirits rises

Eurozone GDP isn't even following the below-trend growth path at this point

The 13-day range on the Dow Jones Industrial Average is the lowest it's been since December 1986

Sentiment is getting perilously close to euphoria

Several measures of inflation are rolling over

Global gold demand is falling

The impact of payroll tax hikes on consumer spending may not be immediately apparent

U.S crude oil imports per capita are at their lowest levels since 1999

Analysts continue to revise earnings estimates lower, even as stock prices continue to rise

Though cash trading volume in the S&P 500 index continues to head lower in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, options trading is at an all-time high

Houses cost a lot to maintain, which means they're not the greatest investment

The number of fund managers that want companies to deploy cash for capital expenditure is at its highest level since 2006

Global financial assets are three times the size of world GDP

And finally, not quite a chart...but quite the striking map

BONUS: We consider this one of the best charts of the week just because it is so laughably bad

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