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.

The oil market is bigger than all metal markets combined

Ever since the invention of the internal combustion engine, oil has been one of the most crucial commodities on Earth.

Chart of the week: Economic Power

Long before the invention of modern day maps or gunpowder, the planet’s major powers were already duking it out for economic and geopolitical supremacy.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Yukon: Where mineral potential is coming of age

While the Yukon only produced 2.2% of Canada’s gold in 2016, the territory’s considerable potential may finally be getting realized in a big way.

The countries suffering most from low oil prices

Low oil prices are still causing big problems for many countries

Infographic | 38 incredible facts on the modern U.S. dollar

How many tons of ink are used to print new U.S. currency notes every day? Today's infographic for The Money Project answers this question, and much more!

Infographic | How copper riches helped shape Chile's economic story

Today, Chile is the world's top copper producer with 7 of the 14 biggest mines globally. But it wasn't always that way.

How copper riches helped shape Chile’s economic story

Although Chile has always been noted for its abundant mineral wealth, the country was actually not a notable copper producer even at the beginning of the 20th century.

Why the world’s billionaire investors buy precious metals

There are always lessons that can be learned from the “smart money”.

The problem with our maps

Maps shape our understanding of the world – and in an increasingly interconnected and global economy, this geographic knowledge is more important than ever.

Infographic | $20 trillion of U.S. debt visualized using stacks of $100 bills

Millions, billions, trillions? Abstract numbers are hard to comprehend, but not when you visualize them.

Infographic | The next big hurdle for oil and gas is water use

In some counties in the U.S., especially those with lots of oil and gas activity, there are billions of gallons of waste water, brackish water, or saline water that aren’t potable for human consumption.

Animation: China’s rapid transit boom (1990 – 2020)

After decades of hyper-growth and worsening pollution, China has fully embraced rapid transit as a way to keep cities moving.

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.