How the S&P 500 Performed During Major Market Crashes

How the S&P 500 Performed During Major Market Crashes Like spectacular market peaks, market crashes have been a persistent feature of the S&P 500 throughout time. Still, the forces underpinning each rise and fall are often less clear. Take the COVID-19 crash, for example. Despite lagging economic growth and historic unemployment levels, the S&P 500 bounced back 47% in just five months, in a stunning reversal. Drawing data...

Ranked: The Best and Worst Pension Plans, by Country

Ranked: Countries with the Best and Worst Pension Plans The global population is aging—by 2050, one in six people will be over the age of 65. As our aging population nears retirement and gets closer to cashing in their pensions, countries need to ensure their pension systems can withstand the extra strain. This graphic uses data from the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI) to showcase which countries...

Football Fever: Investing in the Beautiful Game

Football Fever: Investing in the Beautiful Game The very mention of football conjures up images of cheering fans from all corners of the world. The global appeal of the game is undeniable, and it’s the strong support of fans that has propelled its growth into a multi-billion dollar industry. Today’s infographic from Swissquote tracks how the sport has reached far and wide—even onto the stock exchange. The Timeline...

Charts: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in the US So Far

Charts: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in the US So Far In the second quarter of 2020, the US recorded its steepest drop in economic output on record. As COVID-19 continues to spread around the country leaving economic upheaval in its wake, many economic indicators are trending in undesirable ways. The graphic above is a snapshot of the overall health of the economy at this pivotal moment in...

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Black-White Financial Inequality

How COVID-19 Impacted Black-White Financial Inequality COVID-19 has disrupted everything from economic markets to personal finances, but not everyone feels its effects equally. When compared with White Americans, Black Americans’ financial situations have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In this infographic from McKinsey & Co., we outline the financial vulnerabilities of Black Americans, their increased usage of financial services since the onset of the pandemic, and their...

Understanding the Disconnect Between Consumers and the Stock Market

The Disconnect Between Consumers and Stock Markets Consumer sentiment indices are relatively accurate indicators for the outlook of an economy. They rise during periods of growth as consumers become more financially confident, and fall during recessions as consumers cut back on discretionary spending. Since the direction of the overall economy also affects stock markets, measures of consumer sentiment have historically moved in tandem with major indices like the...

Connected Workers: How Digital Transformation is Shaping Industry’s Future

Connected Workers: Shaping the Future of Industry Digital transformation has upended businesses on a global scale, and no industry is immune from its powerful effects. New technologies and enhancing customer experience are key drivers for companies investing in digital transformation, but the most important reason for prioritizing this shift is that it will allow them to leverage entirely new opportunities for growth. However, with the speed of digital...

Tracking the Growing Wave of Oil & Gas Bankruptcies in 2020

The Growing Wave of Oil & Gas Bankruptcies in 2020 2020 hasn’t been kind to the energy sector, and a growing wave of energy bankruptcies has started to build. After a difficult year marred by rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and crude prices in the $50-60 per barrel range, analysts warned that the energy sector needed a strong recovery to offset a rising (and expiring) mountain...

Mind-Bending Medicine: An Overview of Psychedelic Substances

An Overview of Psychedelic Substances Fueled by a slew of new research, psychedelics may hold the key to treating a multitude of debilitating disorders such as addiction, PTSD, and depression. But as an industry that has laid dormant for decades, it will need to shed its negative connotations that have limited its potential and undermined new discoveries for so long. The infographic above showcases data from The Report...
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