While promising a lighter week last Friday, the month passed faster than thought, mandating our Monthly review mid week…. so a bit heavier than promised… with travels on the Docket this week and a Long Holiday Weekend… Friday will be light for sure!
But heck it is a Monday and this is a neat light start to the week…. while very quantitative, you need to be a very worldly person to have an opinion ….. no USA locations made the list!
From the Article ….
This map uses annual rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
A Quick Note on Methodology
The ranking attempts to assess which cities across the globe provide the best living conditions, by assigning a score on 30 quantitative and qualitative measures across the five categories with the following weightings:
Another cool graphic, from our friends at Visual Capitalist, that sources the salary needed for various locations across the country.
Not surprisingly, silicon valley a.k.a. San Jose California is one of the most expensive areas and demands the highest salary.
Noting the itemized top 10 cities in average home price below, what is surprising is New York is outside of the top five. As an observation there are always pockets within certain areas that have extreme prices.
Not sure if you are like us, but we’ve long wondered what makes the price of gasoline at the pump change and sometimes so dramatically.
Maybe this topic is more top of mind as with a larger vehicle it’s easy to get to the credit card max for the pump max of $100 this day and age!
Of course spot gas prices are a contributing factor (just over half), but as our friends here at Visual Capitalist point out along with the EIA, there are more factors than just the spot price of gasoline for what we pay at the pump.
Interesting but not surprising location of the Top 10 Largest Refineries… bottom right of chart!
The following from the actual article:
The Four Main Factors
According to the EIA, there are four main factors that influence the price of gas:
Crude oil prices (54%)
Refining costs (14%)
Distribution, and marketing costs (16%)
More than half the cost of filling your tank is influenced by the price of crude oil. Meanwhile, the rest of the price at the pump is split fairly equally between refining costs, marketing and distribution, and taxes.
Have a Great “Now you know how the pumps price of Gasoline occurs“ day!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP
Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc. A Dallas Texas based fee only Financial Planning Total Wealth Management firm. jkfinancialinc street-cents
With Oil prices moving north… noted especially after being away from the local streets for a few days… the following neat graphic from our Friends at Visual Capitalist sent this to our inbox last week…
Neat facts from the article:
Here are four of the biggest wind turbine models on the market right now, the companies that are making them, and where the prototypes are being installed:
With an annual pilgrimage to the cooler climate, north west and a higher altitude during the month of August … The first family member to see the gigantic Windmills always takes note as sort of a land mark in getting closer….
While we have collectively noticed more of said Windmills, and seeing them sooner… no idea of the country dominance of our southern state in Wind Generation Electricity…
We are certainly not recommending these as an investment, but we are watching the development of NFT’s and as such, thought it worth giving you a little background on them… of course a great chart from our friends at Visual Capitalist set us on our way….
If you really want to have some fun with this, the website link below will let you scroll over all of New York at it is today and through the glass eye as it was in the early 19th century… or vice versa as shown in the last picture here…
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