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Opinion

2012 a year in numbers

1: The number of medals Tajikistan won at the London Olympics. It was a bronze. A women’s boxing bronze. Bravo

1.9: The record amount in billions of US dollars that HSBC has agreed to pay US authorities to settle allegations of money laundering

20,000,000+: The amount of compensation in pounds sterling Bob Diamond is thought to have waived on departing Barclays

(-0.55): The negative yield that Switzerland’s two-year bonds fell to in the summer of 2012 as investors piled into safe haven assets

10,000: The number of job cuts (equivalent to the population of a small Swiss town) UBS said it would make it in its investment banking division

23,300,000: The number of results for ‘Credit Bubble 2012’ by doing a quick Google search

6: The equivalent percentage that was expected to be wiped-off US GDP if the fiscal cliff was not resolved ahead of the 31/12/2012 deadline.

86: Lionel Messi’s a new record for the number of goals scored in a year, surpassing the equally diminutive but no less potent Gerd Müller.

21/12/12: The date, according to the Mayan calendar, when the world will come to an end.

22/12/12: The date when the world obviously didn’t come to an end, thankfully.

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