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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

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


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 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


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

November 30, 2016 |

How Much Government Debt Rests Upon Your Shoulders?

With the U.S. National Debt closing in on the $20 trillion mark, there has been a lot of conversation in Washington about debt and its role in government.

And most of that conversation right now revolves around President-elect Donald … Read More

November 29, 2016 |

Where Do Raw Materials Come From?

Every “thing” comes from somewhere.

Whether we are talking about an iPhone or a battery, even the most complex technological device is made up of the raw materials that originate in a mine, farm, well, or forest somewhere in the … Read More

November 28, 2016 |

The Slow Death of Traditional Media

Bill Gates once famously said that we systematically overestimate the change that will occur in two years, while underestimating the change that will come in the next ten.

The ongoing conversation about the death of legacy media definitely fits … Read More

November 22, 2016 |

The Future of Military Technology is Intense

Railguns sound like they’re straight out of a Schwarzenegger action movie.

Well, they are – but the reality is that railguns, along with other high-tech weapons such as lasers or hypersonic weapons, are already here.

The U.S. military has actually … Read More

November 21, 2016 |

Why China Needs This Metal

Certain commodities tend to fly under the radar for periods of time.

For example, it was only in the last couple of years that markets have been able to digest the potential impact of the electric vehicle boom, and what … Read More

November 16, 2016 |

How Did the Media and Pollsters Get the Election So Wrong?

The day before the 2016 US Presidential Election, most pollsters and statistical models had pegged Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning at greater than 90%.

However, as we noted last week, the consensus view is not to be trusted in a post-Brexit … Read More

November 15, 2016 |

The Most Prolific Investors in Startups Are Fans of These Books

The world’s most elite startup investors come in all shapes and sizes.

Some of them, such as Marc Andreessen or Josh Kopelman, come from an operating background as former entrepreneurs themselves. They know what it takes to build a great … Read More

November 14, 2016 |

There’s Big Money to Be Made in Asteroid Mining

If humans were ever able to get their hands on just one asteroid, it would be a game-changer.

That’s because the value of many asteroids are measured in the quintillions of dollars, which makes the market for Earth’s annual … Read More

November 11, 2016 |

Demystifying the Chinese Yuan

Demystifying the Chinese Yuan

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.

With one of the world’s largest … Read More

November 1, 2016 |

Explaining the October Flash Crash in the British Pound

We all know that software is eating the world.

For better or worse, that statement applies to the financial world as well. It is said today that 75% of all financial market volume is automated, though there are lower … Read More

October 28, 2016 |

How Much Money Have Humans Created?


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.

How Much Money Have Humans Created?

The dollar amounts are … Read More

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