USA Today came out with this graphic recently which compares the size of the recent bailout package with the other historical packages in the past. I tried my own version of this and came pretty close to achieving the same results in excel. “Close” because there would be errors since the size of the boxes may not accurately represent the number corresponding to it.
As Paulson said, “If you have a bazooka in your pocket and people know it, you may not have to take it out”. Well…….the financial markets over the globe are watching with bated breath if somebody is going to ask him to pull it out…..
You can download the file here
Interestingly the alternative could have been a simple chart.