In One Chart: A Decade Of The U.S. Trade Deficit With China

Since 2010, the United States and China have had the world's largest economies by GDP. But one interesting difference is that the U.S. is the world's biggest importer while China is the world’s biggest exporter. The U.S. is currently China's biggest trade partner, but recent talks about tariffs have [...]


Visualizing The World’s 100 Most Valuable Brands In 2019

Think of your favorite brand. If it’s a Big Tech company, like Apple or Microsoft, it may be worth something! That’s the takeaway from Forbes magazine’s latest list of the world’s 100 most valuable brands. For this annual report, Forbes estimated the contribution of each company’s earnings from its [...]


Mapping Out Each Country’s Largest Public Company

Recent IPOs filed by Silicon Valley firms like Uber, Lyft, and Beyond Meat have garnered significant media attention in recent weeks. While the American news cycle has covered a lot about these newcomers to the stock exchange, they are only a small snapshot of the global network of public [...]


Visualizing Fragility & GDP: How Stable Is Your Country?

In terms of stability, all countries are not created equal. Some are rich, some are poor, some are violent and some are safe. The Fund For Peace, a U.S.-based NGO, stack ranks 174 countries every year based on how stable a country is. Hard data such as economic indicators, [...]


Animation: U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales (2010-19)

It’s challenging to get ahead, but it’s even harder to stay ahead. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc For companies looking to create a sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-moving, capital intensive, and nascent sector like manufacturing electric vehicles, this is a simple reality that must be accounted for. Every milestone [...]


A Snapshot Of The World Money Transfer Market

Every year, migrant workers living in other countries send money back to their home countries. The flow of money earned in one country and sent to another is known as remittances. Remittances account for one of the main forms of international money transfers, in addition to foreign direct investment [...]


Mapped: Who Owns The World’s Gold Reserves

In 2010, the world’s central banks stopped selling gold and started accumulating it. As gold provides a hedge against economic uncertainty and currency manipulation, the action of these central banks gives us insight as to which countries are most capable of handling an economic storm. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, [...]


What The Numbers Tell Us About The U.S. Drug Crisis

The U.S. has been battling a growing drug use epidemic for several years. This crisis has resulted in an increase in overdose-related deaths as well as an increase in prescription drug spending. By looking at how much people are spending on prescription drugs in each state, we begin to [...]


China And The Trade War: How Liquidity Reserves Can Affect The Game

A country’s total reserves can have a dramatic impact on its economic policies. In this post, we’ll look at the countries with the top reserves, especially China, and how that should impact China’s trade wars with the U.S. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Liquid reserves allow countries significant leverage [...]


SolarCity For The Win? The Lifetime Savings In Each State

Advocates of renewable energy often claim its adoption should be considered an investment because, over time, the benefits of installation far outweigh the costs. Is that really true? Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Let’s take a look in the U.S. on a state-by-state basis, using data collected from as [...]


Visualizing The National Debt Boom In The Last Few Years

In February 2019, the national debt hit an eye-popping $22 trillion. The projected annual deficit for this year alone is almost $1.1 trillion -- that’s more than the GDP of Singapore, Norway, and New Zealand combined. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Recently, The Balance published an article noting major [...]


How Much You Have To Invest To Open One Of The Top 20 Franchises

There are an estimated three quarters of a million franchises in the U.S. alone. While most people think of franchising in terms of fast-food restaurants, the U.S. Census Bureau notes that a number of other industries including fitness, beauty, and automobiles also rely on a franchise model to generate [...]


Visualizing The Cost Of Renting Vs. Owning A Home In Each State

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership rates dropped in the first quarter of 2019 after steadily rising for the past two years. Factors such as student loan debt, financial insecurity, and high housing prices are disincentivizing some would-be homeowners from buying a property of their own. According to [...]


Visualizing How Americans Spend Their Money

In April 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) report to analyze broader economic trends related to consumer spending. Our new visualization uses the BLS data from this report to paint a picture of how the average American household allocates its budget. Q1 hedge [...]


How Much Can You Save By Driving An Electric Vehicle?

Spurred by new technology, concerns about the environment, and the rise of industry giants such as Tesla, electric vehicles (EVs) are making a big comeback as an alternative to traditional gasoline-powered cars. EVs can be friendlier for your wallet, too. Gasoline prices are measured as price per gallon. To [...]


Visualizing The Cost Of Living Around The World In 2019

The Economist’s Intelligence Unit recently released its 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living report, which compares 400 individual prices across 160 products and services in 133 cities around the world. Our latest visualization takes 20 of these cities, as provided in the free version of the report, and compares the [...]


Rich vs. Poor: Who Pays More Taxes In Each State?

Our latest visualization maps out how much state and local tax the richest 1 percent of a state pays, compared to the poorest 20 percent of the state. The data comes from a report titled Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States. The [...]

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