Infographics

  • Visualizing The World’s Top 50 Wealthiest Billionaires

    Bill Gates. Warren Buffett. Mark Zuckerberg. George Soros. Charles and David Koch.

    On an individual level, the people that make the definitive list of the Top 50 Wealthiest Billionaires are interesting, divisive, and envied around the globe. Together, they are a real force to be reckoned with: their combined fortunes tally to $1.46 trillion, which is more money than the GDP of entire countries such as Australia or Spain.

    Today’s data visualization, using the latest information from Wealth-X, takes an in-depth look at the world’s wealthiest billionaires by breaking down important data on age, location, and the source of their fortunes.

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  • Deaths of Roman Emperors vs. Coinage Debasement

    As we were assembling our previous research on Currency and the Collapse of the Roman Empire, we noticed something that was too uncanny to skip past: during the 113-year stretch of time from 192 to 305 AD, an astonishing amount of Roman emperors (84%) were either brutally murdered or assassinated.

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  • Life and Times During the Great Depression (Infographic)

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    The economy of the United States was destroyed almost overnight.

    More than 5,000 banks collapsed, and there were 12 million people out of work in America as factories, banks, and other shops closed.

    Many reasons have been supplied by the different economic camps for the cause of the Great Depression, which we reviewed in the first part of this series.

    Regardless of the causes, the combination of deflationary pressures and a collapsing economy created one of the most desperate and miserable eras of American history. The resulting aftermath was so bad, that almost every future Central Bank policy would be designed primarily to combat such deflation.

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  • All of the World’s Stock Exchanges by Size

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    There are 60 major stock exchanges throughout the world, and their range of sizes is quite surprising.

    At the high end of the spectrum is the mighty NYSE, representing $18.5 trillion in market capitalization, or about 27% of the total market for global equities.

    At the lower end? Stock exchanges on the tiny islands of Malta, Cyprus, and Bermuda all range from just $1 billion to $4 billion in value. Even added together, these three exchanges make up just 0.01% of total market capitalization.

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  • Currency and the Collapse of the Roman Empire (Infographic)

    At its peak, the Roman Empire held up to 130 million people over a span of 1.5 million square miles.

    Rome had conquered much of the known world. The Empire built 50,000 miles of roads, as well as many aqueducts, amphitheatres, and other works that are still in use today.

    Our alphabet, calendar, languages, literature, and architecture borrow much from the Romans. Even concepts of Roman justice still stand tall, such as being “innocent until proven guilty”.

    How could such a powerful empire collapse?

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  • The World's Most Famous Case of Deflation Pt. 1 (Infographic)

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    The Great Depression was the most severe economic depression ever experienced by the Western world.

    It was during this troubled time that the world’s most famous case of deflation also happened. The resulting aftermath was so bad that economic policy since has been chiefly designed to prevent deflation at all costs.

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  • The World’s Most Famous Case of Hyperinflation Pt. 2 (Infographic)

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    For the first infographic in this series, which summarizes the circumstances leading up to hyperinflation in Germany in 1921-1924, it can be found here: Hyperinflation (Part 1 of 2)

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  • The World’s Most Famous Case of Hyperinflation Pt. 1 (Infographic)

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    Part 2 to this series, discussing the ultimate effects of hyperinflation on the German populous, and other intense cases of hyperinflation, can be found here: Hyperinflation (Part 2 of 2)

    The Great War ended on the 11th hour of November 11th, 1918, when the signed armistice came into effect.

    Though this peace would signal the end of the war, it would also help lead to a series of further destruction: this time the destruction of wealth and savings.

    The world’s most famous hyperinflation event, which took place in Germany from 1921 and 1924, was a financial calamity that led millions of people to have their savings erased.

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  • It’s Official: Bitcoin was the Top Performing Currency of 2015 (Infographic)

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    For most investors, the major story of 2015 was the expectation and eventual fulfillment of a rate hike, signalling the start of tightening monetary policy in the United States. This policy is divergent to those of other major central banks, and this has translated into considerable strength and momentum for the U.S. dollar.

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  • The World’s Strangest Currencies (Infographic)

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    For centuries, humans from all around the world have tried to use different things as money. Some forms, which most people are familiar with today, have been effective catalysts for trade over thousands of years. Other currencies, from squirrel pelts to parmesan cheese, have had their time or place in human history, but were ultimately unsuccessful or made obsolete.

    The path to finding the best money has been long and riddled with trial and error. Here are just some of the world’s strangest currencies that we discovered in our research.

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