Which Countries Have the Most Wealth Per Capita?

Our animated chart this week uses data from the ninth Credit Suisse Global Wealth report, which ranks countries by average wealth, calculated as gross assets per adult citizen. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc While using such a metric certainly gives a quick snapshot of wealth per capita, it doesn’t [...]


Visualizing Over A Century Of Global Fertility

In just 50 years, world fertility rates have been cut in half. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc This sea change can be attributed to multiple factors, ranging from medical advances to greater gender equity. But generally speaking, as more women gain an education and enter the workforce, they’re delaying [...]


How Much Student Debt Does Each State Hold?

Education may be priceless, but the costs of obtaining it are becoming steeper by the day. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Almost half of all university-educated Americans rely on loans to pay for their higher education, with very few graduating debt-free. Total U.S. student debt has more than doubled [...]


Visualizing The Evolution Of Consumer Credit

The origin of credit dates all the way back to ancient civilizations. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Image source: YouTube Video Screenshot The Sumerians and later the Babylonians both used consumer loans in their societies, primarily for agricultural purposes. The latter civilization even had rules about maximum lending rates engraved [...]


Our Impact On Climate Change And Global Land Use In 5 Charts

As the world population approaches the eight billion mark, it’s becoming clear that we’re impacting the planet in unprecedented ways. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Humans have made such dramatic changes to Earth’s systems, from climate to geology, that many are suggesting we’ve entered into a new epoch – [...]


The 8 Ways Urban Demographics Are Changing

Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers. Given the above, it’s [...]


Mapping The Major Bitcoin Forks

The emergence of Bitcoin took the world by storm through its simplicity and innovation. Yet, plenty of confusion remains around the term itself. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc The Bitcoin blockchain—not to be confused with the bitcoin cryptocurrency—involves a vast global network of computers operating on the same distributed [...]


Trump’s Relationship With The Price Of Oil

What goes through the head of a U.S. president? Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc That is a question that both voters and leaders alike would love to know the answer to. As it stands, scores of pundits and analysts already dissect everything from the choice of a tie, to [...]


Why Gold Is Money: A Periodic Perspective

The economist John Maynard Keynes famously called gold a “barbarous relic”, suggesting that its usefulness as money is an artifact of the past. In an era filled with cashless transactions and hundreds of cryptocurrencies, this statement seems truer today than in Keynes’ time. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc However, [...]


Visualizing The Wealth Of Nations

Just as there exists a longstanding inequality in the distribution of household wealth, so exists a considerable differential in the amount of wealth held by countries on the international stage. Q2 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Simply put, some nations are “haves”, while many others are “have-nots”. “Wherever there is great [...]


Tech Founders Predict The Next Wave Of Startup Growth

Today’s tech founders have unique insights into the evolving arena of innovation and are keenly aware of why some companies succeed more than others. Many have worked with multiple startups and have gone on to invest in successful tech unicorns. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc This week’s chart comes [...]


The Foreign Countries Holding The Most U.S. Debt

In the international finance system, U.S. debt can be bought and held by virtually anyone. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc In fact, if you hold a U.S. Treasury bond or a T-Bill in your portfolio right now, you are already a creditor to the United States government. And as you [...]


Visualizing The Daily Routines Of Famous Creative People

Creative people have a reputation for circumventing convention. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc After all, if creatives always did things the same way as everyone else, how could they ever produce anything original and truly unique? While it’s not always easy to do things differently, the most famous creative people [...]


How Long It Took Billionaires To Earn Their First $1 Million

Everyone has to start somewhere. While the modern fortunes of people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates seem stratospheric in size, even the world’s richest self-made billionaires had to crawl before they could walk. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc After all, the journey to becoming ultra-wealthy hinges on earning that [...]


How Americans Make And Spend Their Money, By Education Level

Months ago, we showed you a set of data visualizations that highlighted how people make and spend their money based on income groups. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Today’s post follows a similar theme, and it visualizes differences based on education levels. Below, we’ll tackle the breakdowns of several educational [...]


IMO 2020: The Big Shipping Shake-Up

Over 90% of all global trade takes place on our oceans. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Unfortunately, the network of 59,000 vessels powering international commerce runs on sulfur-laden bunker fuel, and resulting emissions are causing problems on dry land. As today’s infographic by Breakwave Advisors demonstrates, new emissions regulations taking [...]


Visualizing The Origin Of Elements

Most of us are familiar with the periodic table of elements from high school chemistry. We learned about atoms, and how elements combine to form chemical compounds. But perhaps a lesser-known aspect is where these elements actually come from. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Today’s periodic table showing the [...]


Animation: The Basics Of The Stock Market

Since its inception, the stock market has been one of the most powerful and consistent sources of wealth creation available. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Image source: YouTube Video Screenshot Although stocks see more volatility than other assets, they have also averaged a real return of 6.7% per year between [...]


How The Modern Consumer Is Different

There is a prevailing wisdom that says the stereotypical American consumer can be defined by certain characteristics. Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc Based on what popular culture tells us, as well as years of experiences and data, we all have an idea of what the average consumer might look [...]

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