Sometimes the numbers we read make sense. At other times they seem to run counter to our own business or personal experiences. So I rather like it when 'alternative' scenarios are presented.
A website I particularly like in this respect is shadowstats.com. Most of the time it doesn't make for very positive reading – mainly because the chap writing it has a healthy disregard for government statistics.
In his words: “The quality of government reporting has deteriorated sharply in the last couple of decades.
"Reporting problems have included methodological changes to economic reporting that have pushed headline economic and inflation results out of the realm of real-world or common experience.”
But it does make for interesting reading. Here are three alternative charts that will make your eyes water: