2006: A Year in Numbers - Technology, Business, & Financial Markets

As 2006 comes to a close and everyone is taking time to enjoy the wonderful holiday season, and before embarking on another adventurous year 2007, here is a look at the 2006 top technology, business and global markets by the Numbers profiled in Metrics 2.0


TIME Person of the Year 2006: YOU ...almost like YouTube
The answer is, YOU! "And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is YOU...made possible by YouTube, MySpace, and a host of Web 2.0 creations.


Google Zeitgeist 2006: Top 10 Searches; Top 10 Who.. What.. How.. Define...

Google is home to over 3 billion searches each month and accounts for nearly 50% of the online searches in U.S. As we prepare to say farewell to 2006 and welcome 2007, Google has compiled several top 10 search lists in several categories. Here are some interesting ones...


2006: The Year Spam Raised Its Game; 2007 Predictions

A new report highlights the escalation of spam activity throughout 2006, with annual average spam levels reaching 86.2%, and spam overtaking viruses as the dominant menace over the last twelve months, a trend which is predicted to continue through 2007, according to 2006 Annual MessageLabs Intelligence Report


Global M&A at All Time High in 2006 : $3.7 trillion 

Mergers and acquisitions worldwide have jumped 30% in 2006 to hit a all time record $3.7 trillion this year so far, surpassing the 2000 high of $3.4 trillion, according to data released by Thomson Financial today. 

Global M&A 2006 by the Numbers: 


Record Global IPO Activity in 2006: $227B in 1559 Deals

Fueled by emerging markets, global IPO activity soared to a record high of $227 billion in 1,559 new deals in the first 11 months of 2006, according to Ernst & Young (data provided by Ernst & Young, Dealogic and Thomson Financial). Global IPOs raised $167 billion in the whole of 2005.


Global VC Investments to Hit 5 Year High in 2006 - E&Y and VentureOne

Global venture capital investment in 2006 is poised to hit a five-year high and register the highest annual investments of $32 billion since 2001 when VC investments reached $51.22 billion, according to a global year end analysis by Dow Jones VentureOne and Ernst & Young. 


FT: Non-Public 150 Companies Worth $7 trillion, Dominated by Oil and Private Equity

The first comprehensive study of the world’s largest unlisted companies, "The FT’s Non-Public 150" by the Financial Times and McKinsey, found that Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state company that sits on by far the world’s largest conventional oil reserves, is worth an estimated $781 billion, some 80% larger than the $454 billion market capitalization of its publicly listed rival ExxonMobil. 


Playing the Long Game in $49 trillion Global Asset Management - BCG Report

The value of global professionally managed assets — those for which a management fee is paid — grew by around 15% to $49.1 trillion in 2005, with capital inflows driven largely by growth in Europe and Asia , according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). 


Businesses with No Employees - Microbusinesses to Hit $1 trillion in Sales This Year

Non-employer firms or Microbusinesses are often home-based ventures with no paid employees and generally at least $1,000 in annual revenue. In an analysis for USA TODAY, the Small Business Administration estimates the number of these firms reached the 20 million mark for the first time this year. 


Holiday Season Online Sales Up a Solid 26%; Non-Travel E-Commerce Hits $100B Mark for the Year

During the first 56 days of the holiday season through December 26,  total U.S. online retail (non-travel) spending reached $23.11 billion, an increase of 26% vs. the corresponding days in 2005, according to comScore Networks data released late Thursday.  U.S. online holiday season sales also rose about 25% in both 2005 and 2004, according to comScore. 


Another Record Year for Tech Mergers in 2006: Over $600 billion

Tech mergers worldwide  are closing in on another record year as the total value of announced tech and telecom deals (excluding debt) increased 4.9% to $611.89 billion in 2006, according to Dealogic, reports WSJ. Interestingly, AT&T has been at the top of the Tech M&A deals over the last three years.


Texas Pacific Group Tops Global Buy-outs with Deals Worth $101 billion

2006 has been an extraordinary year for private equity, with the value of announced deals hitting a record $700 billion, more than double the record set in 2005 and 20 times bigger than in 1996, according to Thomson Financial data. Texas Pacific Group broke another record this year, to become the first buy-out firm ever to do more than $100 billion worth of deals. 


Hong Kong Passes New York for No.2 in Attracting IPOs

Hong Kong surged past New York this year and became the world's second most popular destination for initial public offerings with over $35 billion raised in IPOs thru November . London is the No.1 in terms of dollar amount raised in IPOs this year, reports AP.


Real Estate Globalization: Direct Investments to Hit $600 billion in 2006

Global direct real estate investment reached a record $290 billion in the first half of 2006, up 30% from 2005, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s global real estate capital report, ‘Record Volumes, Record Globalisation’. It believes global commercial direct real estate investment will hit a record $600 billion in 2006.  


Top 10 Words of 2006: truthiness No.1; google No.2

It's official now...the word of the year for 2006 is  "truthiness - truth that comes from the gut, not books", according to an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster (based on votes from visitors to their Web site) . "Truthiness" was credited to Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," October 2005. 

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