FAST FIVE: All Of The World's Money & Markets In One Visualization

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For 15 years, policymakers have tried to stimulate the global economy through money creation, zero interest-rate policies, and more recently, aggressive COVID fiscal stimulus.

Assets inflated and balance sheets expanded, and money inevitably chased more speculative assets like NFTs, crypto, or unproven venture-backed startups.

But, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins details below, the free money party has since ended, after persistent inflation prompted the sudden reversal of many of these policies.

Meanwhile, global debt continues to accumulate-growing by $85 trillion in the five-year period.

With interest rates expected to continue to rise, companies making cost cuts, and policymakers reining in spending and borrowing, today is another unique snapshot in time.

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