The 15 Best Charts Of The Week

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The world is changing, and nowhere can that be seen better than in a good series of charts.Luckily, despite the relative shortage of market-moving headlines, we’ve seen no shortage of excellent charts this week.

The best charts we found this week touch on everything from China demographics to the cognitive dissonance of Wall Street analysts – and everything in between.

Let’s go to the charts.

Long-only equity funds recorded their biggest weekly inflows since the height of the dot-com bubble

The VIX is at its lowest level since June 2007

An NOAA study suggests an increasing probability of drought over this century throughout most of the US

Average fuel economy of cars in America hit an all-time high of 23.5 miles per gallon in 2012

Search activity for flu-related terms spiked, suggesting one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory

The ratio of the builder stocks' market cap to single-family construction spending is at an all-time high

The Philly Fed survey overstated both strength and weakness all year long

Add up equity analysts' stock price targets and you get a year-end S&P 500 target of 1603 – macro strategists at the same banks predict the S&P 500 at 1452

Economists found new evidence of Chinese data manipulation based on Benford's Law, which predicts how many times each digit will show up in a dataset

Corporate profits remain at their highest levels in decades while personal wages continue to make multi-decade lows

China has reached a demographic turning point as growth of the workforce slows

Youth unemployment rates around the world –updated in the eurozone this week – are projected to stay staggeringly high for years

Monthly mortgage payments are considerably lower than monthly rents

Credit risk has reached peak historical levels as the Fed forces investors further out on the risk spectrum in search of yield

A complete breakdown of the major holders of the stock market

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