Bond Market: As of April 2013, the size of the global bond market was $85 trillion, according to Morningstar.com.
30-Year Treasury Volatility: From December 2008 to June 2009, an increase of just 1.65% in rates dropped the 30-year Treasury’s value by 26%, according to Jackson National.
Fed Rate Changes: The Fed raised rates 8 times in 2005 and lowered rates 7 times in 2008, according to FederalPrimeRate.com.
U.S. Global Position
Here are six positive features the U.S. enjoys:
 #1 in the world in computers connected to the Internet (505 million)
source: The World Factbook 2013-2014, CIA
 9.8% annualized return for the S&P 500 (1926-2012)
source: Ibbotson Associates
 19 of the world’s top 25 universities
source: World University Ranking 2012-2013, Times Higher Education