Stocks. Bonds. The Dow or GDP. If history has taught us anything in these last two years of financial tumult it's that economic indicators like these don't indicate for a damn.
Bill Gates: Just touring his house requires a second mortgage.
For a real taste of how the economy is doing you have to consult the man himself: Bill Gates. Or better yet, his house.
As TechFlash reports, every fall Microsoft workers donate something for their fellow employees to bid on. Usually the priciest item is a tour of Gates's 66,000 sq. ft. Medina mansion from the man himself.Last year, in the midst of financial upheaval, the winning bid was a modest $8,500. This year the bidding ended at an impressive $35,000.
Which means what, exactly?
Uh, no. Actually, all it means is that there's only one economic indicator that is, and will remain, steady no matter how volatile the times: Microsoft's employees will continue to get so rich they'll have to find new and interesting ways to spend their money.