Visual Capitalist

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Infographic: The Robo-Advisor Arms Race

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist CAN UPSTART ROBO-ADVISORS COMPETE AGAINST SCALE? It was going to happen sooner or later. When they launched roughly five years ago, tech-driven companies such as Betterment or Wealthfront had the audacious and laudable goal of taking on the incumbents of the gargantuan wealth management industry. Many traditional wealth managers were skeptical of … Continue reading

This Market Cycle Diagram Explains The Best Time To Buy Stocks [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist Is it possible to time the market cycle to capture big gains? Like many controversial topics in investing, there is no real professional consensus on market timing. Academics claim that it’s not possible, while traders and chartists swear by the idea. That said, one thing that everyone can probably agree on is … Continue reading

Commodities: Gold And Zinc Crush It In Q1, Energy Gets Smoked [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The start of 2016 has been a roller coaster for investors. Global markets had their worst ever start in the first trading days of the year, with the S&P 500 eventually shedding 10.5% by early February. Stocks have rebounded since then, but tension is still in the air with record longs on … Continue reading

Silver’s Biggest Winning And Losing Streaks [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist With global markets getting off to one of their most volatile starts in history, precious metals have benefited tremendously. Gold started 2016 on a torrid pace, as investors scrambled to buy physical gold as well as record-amounts of gold ETFs. A quick glance at the year’s best-performing commodities has gold at the … Continue reading

Animation: How China Trumps The U.S. In Trade

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The U.S. trade deficit with China reached record proportions in 2015. With a difference of $365.7 billion between imports and exports, it is not only the largest trade deficit with China ever recorded, but it’s also the biggest bilateral trade imbalance in all of trade history. The likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump, … Continue reading

The Richest And Poorest Countries In The World

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The world economy is complex, but today’s series of maps will allow you to simplify your understanding of the relative wealth of people around the globe. Global Finance Magazine recently collated data from the World Bank on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita for 204 countries. Each country was placed in one … Continue reading

China’s Economy: The Sum Of The Parts [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist Geographically vast countries such as the United States or Canada have incredible diversity within their borders. Every part of the country appears unique, as the distribution of population, culture, geographical features, natural resources, and regional industries vary from place to place. Think of the differences within the U.S. alone: Silicon Valley is … Continue reading

The Deflationary Spiral: Life And Times During The Great Depression [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The economy of the United States was destroyed almost overnight. More than 5,000 banks collapsed, and there were 12 million people out of work in America as factories, banks, and other shops closed. Many reasons have been supplied by the different economic camps for the cause of the Great Depression, which we … Continue reading

The World Map Of The U.S. Trade Deficit

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The United States has now run an annual trade deficit for 40 years in a row. Last year was no exception, and in 2015 the U.S. had over $1.5 trillion in exports while importing $2.2 trillion of goods. The resulting trade deficit was -$735 billion. Today’s map from, a cost information … Continue reading

The World Is Turning Japanese: Negative Rates And Gold’s Surge [Chart]

Nearly a year ago, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda described the unlikely inspiration behind Japan’s unprecedented monetary stimulus: Peter Pan. I trust that many of you are familiar with the story of Peter Pan, in which it says, ‘the moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do … Continue reading

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