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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

October 27, 2016 |

Real Estate Bubbles: The Six Cities at Risk of Bursting

What do Vancouver, London, Stockholm, Sydney, Munich, and Hong Kong all have in common?

According to economists at UBS Wealth Management, these six cities all have the notorious designation of being the real estate markets furthest into “bubble” territory:

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October 20, 2016 |

The Most Popular Jobs in a Decade

Are you a job seeker looking to play a very ambitious long game?

While the automation potential of many jobs today is undoubtedly high, we also know that technology is going to create many new positions that we never could … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

The Rise of ETFs and Passive Investing

For the investing world, the meteoric rise of ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, has been a key story to follow since the 2008 crisis.

The ETF landscape has changed dramatically over that timeframe. In 2007, there were 1,181 ETFs that … Read More

October 18, 2016 |

How Does the U.S. Stock Market Perform in Election Years?

In just a few weeks time, the ballots will be in for one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Whether the tally ends in a Clinton or Trump presidency, it’s difficult to know the potential range of implications … Read More

October 11, 2016 |

Black Swans: 9 Recent Events That Changed Finance Forever

Almost every market participant out there has at least one horrific war story on a crash that profoundly affected their portfolio or world view.

For example, one unnamed stock broker I know had himself and his clients in a soaring … Read More

October 7, 2016 |

Commodity Update: Is the Summer Slump Over?


Last update, we triumphantly proclaimed that commodities were “back”.

However, we did forget to add one important caveat, which is that they could still get hit hard in the short-term by the classic “Sell in May and Go … Read More

October 4, 2016 |

27 Fintech Unicorns, and Where They Were Born

Everyone wants faster, cheaper, and more customized financial services – and since technology now makes this possible, the world is embracing the fintech revolution.

In 2015, investments in fintech nearly doubled to $22.3 billion. And although there were 1,108 … Read More

October 3, 2016 |

31 Quotes on How to Launch a Startup

Startup culture has captured our collective imaginations, and today there are more people dabbling in entrepreneurship than ever before.

The fast pace, the pivots, and the setbacks involved in a new venture all make for an exciting day-to-day where anything … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

The Rate of Change in U.S. Energy Consumption


Weeks ago, we published a flow chart that showed all U.S. energy consumption from 2015 in one giant diagram.

This is a great tool for understanding a static picture of U.S. energy consumption – it breaks down the … Read More

September 21, 2016 |

Are Millennials More Entrepreneurial Than Previous Generations?

The relationship between millennials and the concept of “entrepreneurship” is nuanced and complex.

Millennials clearly value entrepreneurship, and 67% of this group says that their goals involve eventually starting a business. Statistics show that millennials are always “on”, motivated to … Read More

September 20, 2016 |

Interactive: What Futuristic Tech Will You See In Your Lifetime?

Technology is moving forward at such a rapid rate, that there are going to be unthinkable changes that will take place in the near future.

This interactive infographic comes to us from RS Components, and it will give you a … Read More

September 14, 2016 |

The Tower of Babel Curse: Newly Built Skyscrapers Signal Market Peaks

Have you heard of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai?

It’s the tallest skyscraper in the world at 828m (2,717 ft), and it was completed in 2009. The price tag was a whopping $1.5 billion, making it one of the … Read More

September 8, 2016 |

The Five Tallest Glass Skyscrapers, and Their Views

Whether it is from a lookout point on the side of the road or a scenic vista from the top of the mountain, everyone can appreciate a good view.

And while nature provides many great opportunities for admiring such … Read More

September 7, 2016 |

The Largest Companies by Market Cap Over 15 Years


By definition, the largest companies by market cap are the most valued by investors in absolute terms.

Of course, these companies change all the time. Secular … Read More

September 6, 2016 |

Most Millennials Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings

Four-digit bank account totals elude 52% of the 18-34 crowd

The majority of millennials are living paycheck to paycheck.

A recent survey of millennials by found that 51.8% of those aged 18-34 have less than $1,000 held between … Read More

September 2, 2016 |

Rio Games a Success at ‘Only’ 51% Overbudget

Will the 2016 Rio Olympic Games be remembered as a success or a failure? It’s hard to know the answer yet.

What we do know, however, is that in the bizarro world of hosting Olympic Games, the cost overruns for … Read More

September 1, 2016 |

Choosing a Logo for Your Business: The Psychology Behind Color Choice

Some professionals scoff at the importance of branding in business.

For many investors and analysts, this area of marketing seems fluffy and intangible, which makes it very hard to measure any potential benefits. While it’s true that quantifying intangibles is … Read More

August 31, 2016 |

The Regulatory Burden in the U.S. is a Whopping $4 Trillion

One of the big problem with regulatory policy is that typically new regulations are only added – never subtracted.

A good example of this is the federal tax code, which is now 74,608 pages long.

It’s an astonishing 148x longer … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Which Countries Are Damaged Most by Low Oil Prices?

This week’s chart looks at costs per barrel, exports, and total oil production.

Oil is by far the world’s most-traded commodity, with $786.3 billion of crude changing hands in international trade in 2015.

While low commodity prices can hurt … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Mapping the Greatest Empires of History

Just like the stock market, the history of the greatest empires is cyclical in nature. Even the most powerful empires have crashed and burned – and it is this creative destruction that creates the next opportunity for new civilizations and … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

31 Incredible Facts About Gold

No metal can claim a legacy comparable to gold.

Gold has been used to show affectionate love, but it has also represented power, status, and riches for the greatest kings of antiquity. Gold’s history is truly legendary, ripe with … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

U.S. Healthcare is a Global Outlier, and Not in a Good Way

Historically, the United States has spent more money than any other country on healthcare.

In the late 1990s, for example, the U.S. spent roughly 13% of GDP on healthcare, compared to about a 9.5% average for all high income … Read More

August 18, 2016 |

14% of Americans Have Negative Wealth

14% of all U.S. Households Have More Debts Than Assets

According to the New York Federal Reserve, 14% of the U.S. population lives in households that have “negative” wealth. In other words, these are households that have more debts … Read More

August 17, 2016 |

The Illusion of Choice in Consumer Goods

If today’s infographic looks familiar, that’s because it originates from a well-circulated report that Oxfam International puts together to show consolidation in the mass consumer goods industry.

We are sharing it because we believe it is important for you to … Read More

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