Visual Capitalist

At Visual Capitalist we believe that exceptional visual content has the power to transform how investors gain insight and share information. Because of this, we use both data visualization and infographics to showcase our original research on commodities and equities. This allows investors to get information fast, instinctively, and clearly.

Charts | Energy experts are hilariously bad at forecasting solar installations

These charts show how energy experts, including those from the U.S. government, have fared at forecasting the emergence of solar energy over the last couple decades.

A crude awakening: The global black market for oil

Today’s infographic comes from Eurocontrol Technics Group, and it highlights the global problem of fuel theft.

INFOGRAPHIC: The numbers behind the world's closest trade relationship

Whether we’re discussing the ancient merchants that traversed the legendary Silk Road, or the transfer of goods across modern border lines, trade has always been about building close relationships.

INFOGRAPHIC: Which States get the most Chinese investment?

Today’s infographic comes from SCMP, and it shows where Chinese overseas investment has been going, with a particular focus on the United States between 2000 and 2016.

The 20 largest stock exchanges in the world

With 2,400 listed companies and a market cap of $20 trillion, the NYSE is the biggest exchange in the world. But how do other exchanges compare?

INFOGRAPHIC: Animation – The world's population in 2100 by region

The following animated chart is based on data and projections from the U.N. Population Division, and it shows the evolving population share by region between 1950 and 2100.

The buying power of the U.S. dollar over the last century

The value of money is not static. In the short term, it may ebb and flow against other currencies on the market. In the long-term, a currency tends to lose buying power over time through inflation, and as more currency units are created.

Here’s 48 hedge fund terms every investor should know

For many investors, hedge funds appear to be shrouded in mystery.

Visualizing the world's deepest oil well

Ever wondered just how far down companies drill for oil?

Graphene: The game-changing material of the future

Technology is only as good as the materials it is made from. That’s why graphene, a two-dimensional supermaterial made from carbon, is so exciting.

Visualizing America’s changing energy mix (1970 – 2030e)

Chart of the Week - What powers the U.S., and how that mix is evolving over time

A short history: How bitcoin reached parity with gold

The enigmatic cryptocurrency has steadily climbed in price to take the title of the best-performing currency in both 2015 and 2016

INFOGRAPHIC: 11 visualizations of gold show its value and rarity

With all that value coming from such a small package, sometimes it is hard to put gold’s immense worth into context.

Chart of the Week: Is Trump making uranium great again?

Uranium has been the most-hated commodity since 2011 - and the Global X Uranium ETF has been pummeled over 90% in a brutal bear market.

Chart of the week – The Oxfam Inequitly Report is important, but there's more to the story

Prior to the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam International made waves with its latest report on global inequality.

CHART: How every commodity performed in 2016

It was an up and down year for commodities, but things ultimately finished in the black.

INFOGRAPHIC: The world's deepest gold mine

Humans will do almost anything for gold. In fact, they will even suspend themselves 2.5 miles into the Earth – braving extreme temperatures, armed thieves, and constant seismic activity – just to mine a 30-inch gold reef.

$60 trillion of world debt in one visualization

The United States constitutes 23.3% of the world economy but 29.1% of world debt.

Visualizing the size of the U.S. national debt

The U.S. national debt currently sits at $19.5 trillion, which is actually such a large number that it is truly difficult for the average person to comprehend.

Which countries are damaged most by low oil prices?

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

INFOGRAPHIC: All US energy consumption in one giant diagram

This particular one shows the total estimated energy consumption in the United States in 2015, and how energy flowed from source to the final destination.

INFOGRAPHIC: 31 incredible facts about gold

No metal can claim a legacy comparable to gold.

INFOGRAPHIC: These 3 animated charts capture the rise of Asia

Check out these three GIF charts that show how fast China climbed the economic ladder

Infographic: Tesla's gigafactory opens this week: What we know in 9 epic slides

The massive new structure will be the world's biggest building by footprint, and it could possibly be a game-changer for the auto, energy, and battery industries.

INFOGRAPHIC: Our energy problem – the battery in context

We examine what batteries can and cannot do, and the energy problem that humans hope that batteries can help solve.