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Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact.Factor by which the market capitalization of Harley-Davidson ($2.7 billion) exceeded that of General Motors ($1.3 billion) on February 17, 2009 | 2Net income that ExxonMobile reported for Q4 in 2008, a 33% decline …

Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact.

  1. Factor by which the market capitalization of Harley-Davidson ($2.7 billion) exceeded that of General Motors ($1.3 billion) on February 17, 2009 | 2
  2. Net income that ExxonMobile reported for Q4 in 2008, a 33% decline over 2007, but still more than any other company worldwide | $7.82 billion
  3. Change in compensation of Wells Fargo & Co.’s chief executive John Stumpf for 2008 compared to 2007, despite his base salary increasing 17 percent in 2008 to $878,920 from $749,615 in 2007 | -21%
  4. U.S. share of the world economy in 2000 | 31%
  5. In 2008 | 25%
  6. Total assets of U.S public companies that declared bankruptcy in 2008 | $1.159 trillion
  7. Total if the assets of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual are excluded | $160 billion
  8. Estimated change in the economy of Washington, D.C., from mid-2008 to mid-2010 | +2.5%
  9. For New York City | -4.2%
  10. With a -53% year-over-year decrease in earnings per share, the only country where corporate profits have declined more than in the U.S. where the S&P 500 was down by 50% | Japan (-53%)
  11. Change in Germany’s DAX index in the same period | -30%
  12. Change in China’s Hang Seng index | +4%
  13. Estimated cumulative stock losses for American households since the end of 2007, with the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Composite Index down by nearly 50% | $10.2 trillion
  14. Change in the real net worth of American households in 2008 | -13%
  15. Residential home value expressed as a percentage of all household assets for U.S. taxpayers in the bottom 20 percent of income | 47.1%
  16. For taxpayers in the top 10 percent | 19.8%
  17. Increase, since 2007, in the number of months that Hertz keeps in service the average rental car in its fleet | 4
  18. Number of months since record keeping began in 1947 that US. Consumer prices declined as steeply as in November 2008 | 0
  19. Last year in which total world trade decreased, before it did so in 2008 |1982
  20. Minimum per-capita debt that Iceland owes to foreign depositors as a result of its banking collapse | $19,100
  21. Per-capita reparations required of Germany in the Treaty of Versailles, a punishing debt said to be a cause of World War II | $2,400
  22. Change in revenues for all Las Vegas casinos in January 2008 compared to a year earlier | -16%
  23. Ratio of visitors to Las Vegas (36.7 million in 2007) to residents (558,000) | 65:1
  24. Percentage of visitors who say they come to Las Vegas to gamble | 5
  25. Percentage that actually gambles | 87
  26. Estimated decrease in the number of business travelers to Las Vegas, exacerbated by political scoldings for companies holding meetings during the recession, in 2009 compared to 2008 | 300,000
  27. Number of new hotel rooms Las Vegas developers will bring on line 2009 |13,000
  28. Valuation of a human life as determined by the EPA’s 2008 Value of a Statistical Life calculation | $6.8 million
  29. Rank of Facebook, if it were a nation, with 200 million registered users, among the most populous country in the world | 5th
  30. Number of new users Facebook registers per day | 300,000
  31. Percentage of Americans who think their lives serve “an important purpose” | 94
  32. Number of days by which the median age of European Union citizens increases each week | 2
  33. Estimated yearly value of the California cannabis market | $40 billion
  34. Percent of California’s budget shortfall of $16 billion that can be met by legalizing marijuana and taxing it |13%
  35. Percent of U.S. federal revenue in 1936 represented by taxing the alcohol legalized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt three years earlier | 13%
  36. Of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones Average, the fraction that has announced job cuts since October, 20 | one-fourth
  37. Of the 30, the only two companies that saw their share prices go up in 2008 | McDonalds, Wal-Mart
  38. Cost of “Smash-Me Bernie” doll introduced at the American International Toy Fair, including gold “commemorative” hammer for the purpose of pulverizing Bernie Madoff in effigy | $100
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