Distribution of Foreign Exchange

Just another one for the collection…

This chart has one dot for each nation’s reserves of foreign exchange & gold. Even more skew’d a distribution than a power-law. Two other charts to consider. productivity, and Population v.s. Income.

The top handful on the chart are Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Germany, United States, Russia, France, Switzerland. Half the total reserves are held by the first 5, (Japan … India) or .3% of the nations, 80% of the reserves are held by the top 24 or 18% of the nations.

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