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Affluent Investor | February 26, 2017

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Visual Capitalist

Visual Capitalist

Visual Capitalist creates and curates enriched visual content focused on emerging trends in business and investing. Founded in 2011 in Vancouver and reaching millions of investors each year, Visual Capitalist’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, The New York Times, Maclean’s, The Vancouver Sun, and Business Insider.

Posts By Visual Capitalist

February 23, 2017 |

Interactive: Mapping the Flow of International Trade

To view the infographic, click here.

This interactive visualization was created by data visualization expert Max Galka from the Metrocosm blog. (Also check out his new project, Blueshift, which allows users to upload data and visualize it on maps … Read More

February 21, 2017 |

Color in Branding: What Does it Say About Your Industry?

The use of color can be a powerful way to guide the associations consumers have about a brand, but how and why certain colors are used can often be perplexing.

The color red is the perfect example. When it … Read More

February 20, 2017 |

These 3 Animated Maps Show the World’s Largest Cities Throughout History

In 300 B.C., Carthage was one of the world’s largest cities with up to 700,000 people living within its walls. The Carthaginian republic was a force to be reckoned with, controlling inconceivable amounts of wealth and land all around the … Read More

February 17, 2017 |

Energy Sources 101: These Short Videos Explain the Basics

If you’ve ever searched online for unbiased and fact-driven articles on energy, you’ve probably noticed that they can be quite rare. Almost every information source seems to be pushing an agenda.

Energy is a touchy subject, and billions of dollars … Read More

February 16, 2017 |

Which Countries Are Going in the Right Direction?

With so much polarization on key issues, it’s tough to get a pulse on where the world is heading.

But if you ditch the complexity and nuance surrounding current events, we can get a good gauge by asking a simple … Read More

February 14, 2017 |

The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Modern entrepreneurs live and work in a fast-paced and frictionless environment that is unlike anything before seen in history.

Through the power of the internet, entrepreneurs have the choice of a variety of platforms and business models, all with … Read More

February 13, 2017 |

The Fake News Problem in One Chart

There’s been no shortage of blame passed around for the so-called “fake news” epidemic that has been front and center since the U.S. election.

Social media has been singled out as one key factor leading to the spread of … Read More

February 10, 2017 |

Majority of New Jobs Are in Low Wage Industries

When we talk about the money that the “average” American worker makes, we are usually referencing a “median” or “mean” income statistic.

While this number can be useful in many different contexts, it can also be extremely limiting. The reality … Read More

February 3, 2017 |

What Futuristic Tech Could Be Inside Your Next Home?

To see the interactive graphic, go to VisualCapitalist.com.

The smart home of the near future will use sensors, apps, and unprecedented connectivity to make our lives safer and easier.

But what will our homes look like in the more … Read More

January 31, 2017 |

Is Trump Making Uranium Great Again?

Uranium’s spot price had a rough ride throughout the course of 2016, but for many investors there is suddenly a new aura of optimism around the troubled metal.

It all starts with Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy, which is … Read More

January 30, 2017 |

How Every Commodity Performed in 2016

It was an up and down year for commodities, but things ultimately finished in the black.

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) climbed 10.1% on the year – it was just enough to edge out the S&P 500, … Read More

January 27, 2017 |

The NYT Records 95.7% Fall in Profits

For the most part, legacy print media stalwarts are dying a death by a thousand cuts.

There are exceptions to this rule, and The New York Times is often touted as the best example of an old-school media company … Read More

January 23, 2017 |

The Oxfam Report is Important, But There’s More to the Story

Prior to the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam International made waves with its latest report on global inequality. In particular, one “shock value” finding made headlines: eight men now combine to have the same … Read More

January 20, 2017 |

What Uses the Most Energy in Your Home?

Warren Buffett describes his first rules of investing as: “Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Don’t forget rule #1”.

But losing money doesn’t just happen in a stock portfolio – it’s also a common occurrence in other facets of … Read More

January 19, 2017 |

The World’s Largest Megaprojects

Before a megaproject gets the nod to go ahead, a very unique set of circumstances must first be considered.

There is no blueprint or shortcut for building a world-changing megaproject. In fact, each one must be designed and built … Read More

January 18, 2017 |

How the Power Grid Works

Have you ever wondered about how electricity actually makes it to your household outlet?

It’s actually quite miraculous: a complex system of substations, transformers and wires allow electricity to be instantly accessed at your convenience, even though it is generated … Read More

January 17, 2017 |

What is a Stock Chart?

It’s not uncommon for us to get messages from people that are attracted to the idea of investing, but that lack the essential training or confidence to fully dive in.

For example, we hear from millennials all the time – … Read More

January 16, 2017 |

Which Colleges Did Billionaires Grad From?

Want to learn about the history of economics, how to code with Ruby on Rails, or the essentials of string theory? It’s all out there for free on the internet, and anyone who has the time or energy can … Read More

January 13, 2017 |

Video: Mr. Trump Inherits a $20 Trillion Dollar Problem

Only a few days after Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the U.S. National Debt will creep across the important psychological barrier of $20 trillion.

It’s a problem that’s been passed down to him, but it certainly puts the incoming administration in a … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Picking Investments is Nothing Like Buying a Car

As consumers, we are used to researching the many choices we have before making a buying decision.

For most people, the process of buying a new product (such as a car) might look something like this:

  1. Recognize a need
  2. Read More

January 10, 2017 |

The Trump Effect on Currencies

Targeting companies or entire nations on is an unprecedented and controversial method of communication for a President-elect – but one can’t argue with its effectiveness so far.

In today’s chart, we take a look at Donald Trump’s rather … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

Most Traded Currencies in 2016

Have you ever wondered which currencies receive the most trading action? The data for the following chart comes from a survey done every three years by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

The Chinese yuan is now the 8th most … Read More

January 6, 2017 |

The Relationship Between Income and Wealth

Let’s say that your neighbor is a surgeon that makes $250,000 a year. Does that mean he or she is rich?

The answer is “no” – and it turns out that the actual statistical relationship between income and wealth is … Read More

January 4, 2017 |

Bitcoin: The Top Performing Currency For The Second Year in a Row

The Money Project is an ongoing collaboration between Visual Capitalist and Texas Precious Metals that seeks to use intuitive visualizations to explore the origins, nature, and use of money.

Bitcoin is no stranger to extreme fluctuations.

For each of the … Read More

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