We saw it all in 2010. The Great Recession ended. Unemployment skyrocketed. Student loan debt surpassed credit-card debt for the first time in history. The revolutionary CARD Act came into effect, along with new rules for gift and prepaid cards – not that most issuers hadn’t been scurrying to find ways around them already.
It wasn’t all bad, of course. We had plenty to keep us entertained. In February, the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV. In July, Spain won the World Cup and in November, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Much as we had to tighten our budgets, we no doubt enjoyed plenty of delicious all-American hamburgers and fresh salads, not to mention steaming cups of coffee. We traveled – hopefully avoiding overpriced hotel room mini-bars where possible – and, as is only human, worried at all times about our finances.
And if you aren’t already scratching your head, let us clarify why we’re babbling: all of the above were topics we covered with our infographics this year. Since its launch, MintLife has become known for its powerful visual representations of economic trends, Mint data and statistics. Below, we have compiled our 25 most popular infographics for 2010. Each thumbnail will take you to the full-sized version.
Here’s to an even more successful 2011!