Economy app tracks both boom and bust

Aug 30, 2009
Finance

For less than a buck you can feel like an amateur economist once you download the Economy application. For those who need to know how the U.S. gross domestic product equates to which political party holds the presidency, Economy is the iPhone app for you. True, most people don’t have to know the GDP, monthly the […]

For less than a buck you can feel like an amateur economist once you download the Economy application.

For those who need to know how the U.S. gross domestic product equates to which political party holds the presidency, Economy is the iPhone app for you. True, most people don’t have to know the GDP, monthly the U.S. employment rate, or the state of U.S. auto sales. But if ever you need that type of information, Economy has your back. If anything, it will enable you to pretend to know what you are talking about when you are involved in conversations about the economy. 

Economy is beautiful in its simplicity and provides a list of economic factors all available at the point of a touch. Economy also streams updated information and generates a line graph that shows you how things have changed over time.

The simple graphs don’t have numbers on the axes, but do show trends and how major events impact the economy. The graphs also highlight presidential terms so you can see the differences in economic performance when a Republican or Democrat is in office. The app also detail trends during recessions.

The graphs can encompass all of North America — or can be isolated to the United States — and goes back as far as the 1940s. Economy’s handy Help program will tell you what you’re looking at if you can’t remember high-school civics class.

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Economy hits you with so much knowledge, that purchasing the app is an economic no-brainer.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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