Understanding the Money Supply as a Percentage of GDP

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There’s a lot of money in the world, but not all of it can be easily defined as “money.” Just where the money is and who has it is a complicated issue. The wad of money in your pocket is one form of money, but the money supply is hardly limited to that. So, where is the money and what exactly is it?

Finding Out

To find out what Broad Money, Money Zero Maturity, the Monetary Base, and Money and Close Substitutes mean, take a look at the graphic for an explanation. You’ll see that there is a lot more to money than you may have realized. The cash you use from day to day is M0, but there are also MB, M1, M2, M3 and more.

What Is Quasi Money?

If you want to measure how much money a country has, there is much more to consider than just how much printed money is within that country. If you think about how much money you have, it’s likely a lot more than just the cash you have on hand. You have bank accounts, checks and other forms of money that factor into how much money you have. The same is true for countries.

By Country

How much money a country can get pretty complicated, but there is a way to figure out each country’s quasi money. No, this doesn’t mean fake money or “sort of” money, like the name may imply. Quasi money may also sound like our paychecks these days, but what it refers to is actually a pretty neat assessment of the money that a country really has.

The money supply of every single country can be measured accurately by looking at a number of different things. To find out exactly what goes into the money that a country has, take a look at the graphic.

How Does Your Country Stack Up?

How does your country compare to other countries in terms of money? The amount of quasi money in each country when measured as a percentage of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is pretty telling. Check out the graphic to see how your country rates and whether it makes the top 10, the bottom 10 or falls somewhere in the middle. If you know someone from a country on the top or bottom lists, forward the graphic to them and let them know about it. Depending on where their country falls, it may be time to gloat or to pretend not to be jealous.

Where are the top and bottom countries located?

Are they countries that are typically thought of as being rich and poor, or do they come straight out of left field for a sneak attack? There are certainly some countries in there that will surprise you as well as some that won’t. Take a look for yourself and see where the wealth of the world lies.


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    An aging population, improving economy and President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul will push spending on medical services to almost 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by 2021, the government just projected.


    Ann Miller RN MHA


  2. “Which would you prefer to be: a medieval monarch or a modern office-worker?”

    If you immediately answered medieval monarch, take a moment to ponder life without “…modern dentistry, antibiotics, air travel, smartphones, and YouTube.”

    Last week, The Economist used this example to illustrate the challenges of accurately measuring living standards over time. For many years, countries and economists have relied on gross domestic product (GDP), the value of all goods and services produced by a country over a specific period of time, to gauge relative prosperity. The publication pointed out GDP may not be an accurate measure of well-being because it does not account for changes in quality of output:

    “…The benefits of sanitation, better health care, and the comforts of heating or air-conditioning meant that GDP growth almost certainly understated the true advance in living standards in the decades after the Second World War. But at least the direction of travel was the same. GDP grew rapidly; so did quality of life. Now GDP is still growing (albeit more slowly), but living standards are thought to be stuck.Part of the problem is widening inequality: median household income in America, adjusted for inflation, has barely budged for 25 years. But increasingly, too, the things that people hold dear are not being captured by the main yardstick of value.”

    Whether it accurately reflects growth in the United States or not, U.S. GDP gained 0.5 percent during the first quarter of 2016. Barron’s reported investors were not encouraged by the less-than-robust growth rate or by the fact GDP growth in the Eurozone (0.6 percent) exceeded GDP growth in the United States during first quarter.

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    Arthur Chalekian GEPC
    [Financial Consultant]


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