It isn’t what mathematicians, or engineers, would really call “normal.”
But the Chart of the Year (as Hot Air puts it) it certainly does resemble an approximate, upside down Bell Curve.
Here’s what it really striking that I noticed (and I’m quite sure this is the point H/A was getting at). The current plot line, lowest red curve and to the right of the center vertical line, actually started to swing upwards then fell back and starts sweeping up in a different slope.
It doesn’t give the sense it will be soon, when and if it would symbolize a return to a healthy economy.
Not that I am giving any credence to Bernanke’s approach to his job. Far from it. Heaven’s no.