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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

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

January 3, 2017 |

Our Top Infographics of 2016

We are proud to wrap up the year with 16 of the best infographics, charts, and data visualizations that we posted over the course of 2016. Just like in last year’s edition, some of the posts below were handpicked … Read More

December 29, 2016 |

Fertility Rates Keep Dropping, And It’s Going To Hit The Economy Hard

Total fertility rates, which can be defined as the average number of children born to a woman who survives her reproductive years (aged 15-49), have decreased globally by about half since 1960.

This has drastically shaped today’s global economy, but … Read More

December 28, 2016 |

The Obamacare Dilemma in One Infographic

The future of Obamacare is uncertain, to say the least.

President-elect Donald Trump has consistently called to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act throughout his campaign, but many pundits see this as being a catch-22 for the incoming administration.

Read More

December 27, 2016 |

36% of New Power Coming Online is From Solar or Wind

Despite the hype around renewables, it takes time, money, and new technology to build out these plants at a scale that will make a difference.

As a result, many people are still surprised that solar and wind constitute less than … Read More

December 23, 2016 |

Are American Consumers Taking On Too Much Debt?

How much consumer debt is too much?

Today’s infographic uses extensive data from Equifax to try and answer this question.

We put consumer debt in a historical context, while providing an in-depth look at the latest numbers on different categories … Read More

December 20, 2016 |

The Emergence of Commercial Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, have actually been around for about a century.

Even in 1918, the U.S. military had its first UAV, which acted as a “cruise missile” in combat. Nicknamed the Kettering Bug, it was … Read More

December 16, 2016 |

2016 Rich List: The Top 10 Billionaires in Tech

The fast-moving startup scene has captured the imaginations of many people around the world.

Part of the reason? The traditional art of fortune-building used to pay off only after decades of perseverance, focus, and patience. Today, however, the scalability of … Read More

December 15, 2016 |

The Slow Death of Traditional Media

DESPERATION TIME AS OLD GUARD CLINGS TO FALLING MARKET SHARE

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

Bill Gates once famously said that we systematically overestimate the change that will occur in two … Read More

December 14, 2016 |

Most Banks Are Screwing Up On Their Stock Picks

Let’s say that a bank such as Goldman Sachs publishes a recommendation to “Buy Stock X”.

It’s hard to ignore a bet by a powerful investment bank such as Goldman. We are mere mortals in the pecking order, and they … Read More

December 9, 2016 |

Why Payments Startup Stripe is Now Valued at $9 Billion

The Stripe Ecosystem in One Giant Visualization

It seems Stripe is living up to the hype.

The fintech unicorn was just revalued at $9 billion after its latest round of funding led by General Catalyst Partners and CapitalG, the … Read More

December 8, 2016 |

The End of World Poverty is in Sight

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN EXTREME POVERTY HAS BEEN CUT IN HALF SINCE 1990.

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

The world is not a perfect place, and there are many injustices … Read More

December 7, 2016 |

The Oil Market is Bigger Than All Metal Markets Combined

Big Oil THE OIL MARKET IS BIGGER THAN ALL METAL MARKETS COMBINED

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

Ever since the invention of the internal combustion engine, oil has been one of … Read More

December 1, 2016 |

$1 Million Isn’t Worth What It Used To Be

Being a millionaire is overrated.

The term itself has quite a few connotations, including many that have been ingrained in us since we were children. Becoming a “millionaire” meant being set for life, and not having to worry about … Read More

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