With gold, silver and crude oil on the move, today King World News wanted to take a step back and look at 7 of the most jaw-dropping charts of 2015.

The following charts are from the Wall Street Journal.  The first chart below from WSJ shows that Chinese industrial output is at its lowest since the end of 2008.

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The second chart below from WSJ shows that China's retail sales growth has now collapsed below the lowest level seen during the financial crisis.

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The third chart below from WSJ shows that there is still no deleveraging in China.  Meaning, debt continues to grow faster than the economy.

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The fourth chart below from WSJ shows that the inventory of unsold housing in China continues to swell.  The chart shows the unsold housing inventory in thousands of square meters!

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Meanwhile in the United States, a stunning percentage of working Americans can't survive without government assistance. As the fifth chart below from WSJ shows, there are a massive number of workers and their dependents enrolled in at least one of four types of government assistance.

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And the sixth chart below from WSJ shows a staggering 35.1 percent of Americans with student debt are at least a month behind on payments.

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The seventh chart below shows a massively leveraged oil and gas sector.  According to the IMF, this is yet another example of why threats to global financial stability are continuing to rise.

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These astonishing charts from WSJ illustrate the great global distortions that have unfolded as a result of lunatic central banks embarking on one of the most insane and ill-fated monetary experiments in history.  Yes, it will end badly — the only question is, when?  To subscribe to the Wall Street Journal CLICK HERE.

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