This chart shows a positive trend in the growth of global debt, growing from $87 trillion in year 2000 to $199 trillion in 2014.
The chart demonstrates the vast disparities in wealth per adult across the world. North America and Europe hold 65% of the world’s wealth, whilst only accounting for 18% of the world’s adult population.
The public sector finances for the financial year 2015/16 were recently released, showing that Public Sector Net Borrowing (excluding publicly owned banks) fell to £74bn (from £91.7bn in 2014/15).
Public sector finance data for the financial year 2014/15 was released at the end of last week, so we've updated our annual chart tracking historical UK government debt over the last 160 years.