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  • National Debt to Skyrocket by 82 Percent Over Next Decade January 19, 2016 National Debt to Skyrocket by 82 Percent Over Next Decade

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "5 Reasons Why America Is Headed to a Budget Crisis," by Justin Bogie.Source: Congressional Budget Office, “Summary of The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026,”January 19, 2016, https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51129-2016_Outlook_Summary.pdf (accessed

  • ISIS Global Presence January 6, 2016 ISIS Global Presence

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Combatting the ISIS Foreign Fighter Pipeline: A Global Approach," by Lisa Curtis, Luke Coffey, David Inserra, Daniel Kochis, Walter Lohman, Joshua Meservey, James Phillips, and Robin Simcox.Note: “Presence” is defined as ISIS holding territory; local groups having either pledged allegiance or

  • In Puerto Rico, Hired Labor Has Low Share of Total Income December 29, 2015 In Puerto Rico, Hired Labor Has Low Share of Total Income

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Hired Labor’s Share of Income Is Lowest in Puerto Rico," by Salim Furth.Sources: Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, Statistical Appendix of the Economic Report for the Governor and Legislative Assembly, Table 11: Functional Distribution of Net National Income by Major Industrial

  • Illinois State Pension Plans Face Funding Crisis December 22, 2015 Illinois State Pension Plans Face Funding Crisis

    Illinois-Pension-Reform-xzyuyxxxysDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Illinois Pension Reform: Three Wrongs Do Not Make a Right," by Joel Griffith and Andrew Kloster.VIEW all graphics for this report.The five state-funded retirement pension plans in Illinois have a combined unfunded liability of $105 billion. For a family of four

  • Source of Unfunded Liabilities in Illinois State Pension Plans December 22, 2015 Source of Unfunded Liabilities in Illinois State Pension Plans

    Illinois-Pension-Reform-xzyuyxxxysDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Illinois Pension Reform: Three Wrongs Do Not Make a Right," by Joel Griffith and Andrew Kloster.VIEW all graphics for this report.Unfunded liabilities in the Illinois state pension plans have increased by $92 billion over the past two decades. More than 60

  • Fifteen Years of the Daily Effective Federal Funds Rate December 21, 2015 Fifteen Years of the Daily Effective Federal Funds Rate

    feds-policy-blunders-xzyuyxyuyuDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Fascination with Interest Rates Hides the Fed’s Policy Blunders," by Norbert J. Michel.VIEW all graphics for this report.Note: The daily effective federal funds rate is a volume-weighted average of rates on trades arranged by major brokers. The effective rate is

  • U.S. International Trade Growth December 21, 2015 U.S. International Trade Growth

    trade-freedom-xzyuyxxrzqDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits," by Bryan Riley and Terry Miller.VIEW all graphics for this report.Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, International Data, Table 1.1, http://www.bea.gov/

  • Major Benefits of Free Trade December 21, 2015 Major Benefits of Free Trade

    trade-freedom-xzyuyxxrzqDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits," by Bryan Riley and Terry Miller.VIEW all graphics for this report.The nations of the world are divided into three groups based on their trade freedom score in the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom.

  • Average Trade Freedom Scores Show Modest Gains December 21, 2015 Average Trade Freedom Scores Show Modest Gains

    trade-freedom-xzyuyxxrzqDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits," by Bryan Riley and Terry Miller.VIEW all graphics for this report.Source: Heritage Foundation calculations from the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom (forthcoming 2016).CHART 1 • BG 3086Tags:

  • U.S. Lags Behind World in Use of Trade December 21, 2015 U.S. Lags Behind World in Use of Trade

    trade-freedom-xzyuyxxrzqDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits," by Bryan Riley and Terry Miller.VIEW all graphics for this report.Source: World Bank, “Trade (% of GDP),” http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NE.TRD.GNFS.ZS (accessed December 7, 2015).CHART 2 •

  • Short-Term Interest Rate Trend December 15, 2015 Short-Term Interest Rate Trend

    feds-policy-blunders-xzyuyxyuyuDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Fascination with Interest Rates Hides the Fed’s Policy Blunders," by Norbert J. Michel.VIEW all graphics for this report.Note: Figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2 (accessed December

  • Effective Federal Funds Rate Historically Misses Target December 15, 2015 Effective Federal Funds Rate Historically Misses Target

    feds-policy-blunders-xzyuyxyuyuDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Fascination with Interest Rates Hides the Fed’s Policy Blunders," by Norbert J. Michel.VIEW all graphics for this report.Note: Figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Economic Data,

  • Today's Retirees Will Receive Half a Million Dollars More in Benefits Than They Paid for in Taxes December 11, 2015 Today's Retirees Will Receive Half a Million Dollars More in Benefits Than They Paid for in Taxes

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Reducing Taxpayer Subsidies to Wealthy Medicare Recipients Is Sound Policy," by Robert E. Moffit. Note: Figures are in 2015 dollars, adjusted to present value at age 65 using a 2 percent real interest rate and assuming a worker works every year from age 22 through 65. Figures are adjusted for

  • "Guaranteed" Pension Benefits Could Drop More than 90 Percent December 10, 2015 "Guaranteed" Pension Benefits Could Drop More than 90 Percent

    pension-reform-act-xzyuyxyvyt DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act: Inadequate Response to Looming Pension Fund Insolvency," by Rachel Greszler. VIEW all graphics for this report. Current workers and retirees with multiemployer pensions could be left with pennies on the dollar if their plans

  • Puerto Rico Struggling with Fewer People and Fewer Workers December 10, 2015 Puerto Rico Struggling with Fewer People and Fewer Workers

    plan-for-puerto-rico-xzyuyxyuyzDOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic.Read the original report, "Misguided Plan for Puerto Rico Would Set Dangerous Precedent," by Rachel Greszler.VIEW all graphics for this report.Puerto Rico's population has declined by 273,000 since 2005, and the share of its working-age population with jobs or looking for jobs has dropped to