Earnings Scoreboard: A Turbulent Week in Tech

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist AMAZON AND FACEBOOK SOAR, WHILE APPLE, NETFLIX, AND GOOGLE WHIFF For many blue chip companies, earnings season can end up being relatively dry. For example, yesterday MasterCard reported an earnings “beat” of $0.86 earnings per share (EPS) compared to the $0.85 consensus. The stock inched up 0.7% in afternoon […]

Timeline: How the Global Economy Played Out in 2015

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist Many people start a new year with renewed optimism. However, the reality of each new year is not so detached from the previous. That’s why on the first trading day of 2016, optimism in the markets was short-lived as news out of China was quick to spook investors. Chinese manufacturing […]

The Global Economy in Pictures: April 2016

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist The global economy has regained some composure, according to asset management firm Schroders. In their view, markets have regained a risk appetite following action by central banks, the normalization of commodity prices, and a lack of materialization for tail risks such as a U.S. recession or a Chinese hard-landing: […]

The March of the Zombie Miners Continues

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT OVER HALF (52%) OF ALL CANADIAN-LISTED MINING COMPANIES ARE ZOMBIES Canada has a reputation worldwide as the epicenter for mining exploration, and over the years the country’s junior-listed companies have created billions of dollars in wealth through new mineral discoveries. However, these days, Canada is […]

Time Machine: Apple vs. Microsoft vs. IBM over the Last 20 Years

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist A decade ago, if you asked someone how they would get rich off of a time travel machine, a fairly common answer would be to go back in time and buy shares of Microsoft after its 1986 IPO. While this is still a great answer today, the value of the […]

This Market Cycle Diagram Explains the Best Time to Buy Stocks

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist Is it possible to time the market cycle to capture big gains? Like many controversial topics in investing, there is no real professional consensus on market timing. Academics claim that it’s not possible, while traders and chartists swear by the idea. That said, one thing that everyone can probably […]

Do You Want Fries With That?

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist OVER HALF OF U.S. JOBS CREATED THIS YEAR ARE IN FOOD OR RETAIL Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Employment Situation report, summing up the most recent government figures on employment in the United States. Investors use this information to gauge the health of the domestic economy, […]

Step by Step: How Elon Musk Built His Empire

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.” – Peter Thiel in “Zero to […]

See How the Internet of Things Will Change Your Life

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) era is already upon us, but for many people there is a chance that the future impact of the IoT is still pretty unclear. What is the scale of this technological shift, and how exactly will our day-to-day lives be changed […]

IMF Growth Forecasts: Missing the Mark So Far

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist   WILL NEXT WEEK’S REPORT BE ON TARGET AFTER 5 YEARS OF DOWNWARD REVISIONS? Projections on the global economic recovery have been overestimated by most policymakers and institutions for some time now. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been no exception to this fallacy. Whether it is simple error, […]