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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

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

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:

Read More

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

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