Jeff Desjardins - Visual Capitalist

31 fascinating facts on the early history of the U.S. dollar

Today, we all know the U.S. dollar as an iconic currency that is recognizable to people around the world. How and why was it conceived, and why do we call it a “dollar” or a “buck”?

The history of tungsten, the strongest natural metal on earth

With a tensile strength of 1,510 megapascals, we now know tungsten as the strongest naturally occurring metal on Earth.

China leading the charge for lithium-ion megafactories

As exciting as Tesla's Gigafactory 1 project is, it’s actually just one of multiple large-scale “megafactories” being built – with many of them being in China.

Infographic | The top 10 reasons investors should look at cobalt

Every once in a while, a previously underappreciated metal rises to prominence.

Infographic – The history of solar energy, going back to 4,000 B.C.

Harvesting the power of the sun has been a human endeavor since the beginning of civilization.

Video | Donald Trump's $20 trillion 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.

Infographic | The World's Largest Megaprojects

Before a megaproject gets the nod to go ahead, a very unique set of circumstances must first be considered.

Infographic | Cobalt: The Energy Metal With a Very Precarious Supply Chain

How does your mobile phone last for 12 hours on just one charge?

Infographic | 36% of electrical 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.

Infographic | 75 years of how Americans spend their money

Consumers are the foundation of the U.S. economy, and how they choose to spend their money is a telling indicator of the overall American economic story.

[Video] Energy sources 101: these short videos explain the basics

If you’ve ever searched online for unbiased and fact-driven articles on energy, you’ve probably noticed that they can be quite rare. Almost every information source seems to be pushing an agenda.

The critical ingredients needed to fuel the battery boom

The Battery Series is a five-part infographic series that explores what investors need to know about modern battery technology, including raw material supply, demand, and future applications.

11 things every metal investor needs to know about zinc

Certain commodities tend to fly under the radar for periods of time. One of those metals that comes and goes is zinc – and after shooting up in price over 35% this year, it definitely has the attention of many investors and speculators again.

Infographic | What Americans actually think about energy and the climate

There is a wealth of information to be explored in the modern era, and there’s no shortage of new ideas or contrary viewpoints to be discovered.

Commodity update: Is the summer slump over?

Despite bumps in the road, most commodities are still having big years on a YTD basis.

41 interesting facts about Tesla Motors

Regardless of where a person stands on Tesla and Elon, the story remains downright fascinating for many reasons.

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.

How oil is formed

Does the oil we use today originate from the remains of dead dinosaurs? No, but the actual answer is just as interesting.

The great divide: Inequality in gold juniors means opportunity

"We’ve reached a new level of separation between the wheat and the chaff."

Bitcoin an almost exact fit to gold's historical chart

Bitcoin, in just nine months has managed to match up exactly with the 40 year gold chart – even to the most recent correction.

Five gold exploration companies that score high in Colombia

Led by a wave of foreign investment focused on mining and oil, Latin America’s fifth largest economy has been well on its way to reaching its economic potential.

Buyer beware: How to identify companies that waste shareholder dollars

Look for management teams that respect the cash that has been raised by investors. Also, be aware of companies that go into “hibernation mode”.