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Brandon’s Charts of the Week

Posted: Brandon Arns


Every week, we read a TON of information. Blogs, articles, research papers…it’s our job to be informed about what’s happening in the market, economy, and society in general. Most people don’t have the time to sort through so much information, so we’ll do it for you. Every week, I will post some of the best charts, graphics, tweets, etc, that I find and put it here in a quick, digestible format. Enjoy.


I subscribe to quite a few blogs and news publications, but it always surprises me how often I find the most interesting things on Twitter. Even if you aren’t active, it’s worth making an account and following people you want to hear from. As shown below, it’s becoming a major news source.



You probably don’t realize it, but we may have just had the best 10 years in the history of U.S. stocks. Michael Batnick writes an interesting blog demonstrating how here. A couple charts from that article are below:



If you are young and have a 401k,  you should have a large amount of that money in stocks because you can’t touch it for decades without a penalty. Fortunately, as the chart from Vanguard below shows, investors are putting much more of their money in stocks than they did in 2004. Much of this can be attributed to the rise of “target date funds” in people’s 401k plans.




Of course, if you do decide to put your money in stocks, understand that those high returns don’t come without risk. The chart below shows how much your stock portfolio would be down at some point in every year since 1950. Losing 50% of your money can happen, losing 20% is common, and losing 10% happens almost every year.



People often like to talk about inflation as a whole, but what does that really mean? The chart below breaks inflation down by different goods and services. As you can see, technology has actually made a lot of household goods more affordable over the years, however, housing, healthcare, and education continue to drive overall costs higher.



And speaking of housing costs, it’s not just U.S. home prices that have gone way up. In fact, our home prices look pretty tame compared to several other places around the world.



Living in New York City has its perks, cheap cocktails are not one of them.



As value investors, this has been a difficult time for us on the stock side. When the chart is shaded red, value is outperforming, which is the general trend you see over the entire period. However since 2009, growth stocks have crushed value stocks. Is this a great time to buy value or is something different this time?



I found this infographic very interesting. It shows how much different CEOs were paid vs their companies stock performance. The snippet below shows the highest paid CEOs in the S&P500. Who would’ve guessed the Discovery Channel?



Below is a snippet from a different infographic which shares some interesting things that happen at various temperatures from “absolute zero” (-273 C) to “absolute hot” (142,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 C (yes that’s the real number)). The snippet doesn’t do it justice. Check it out here.


Below, I show the top highest grossing media franchises. I knew Pokemon was popular, but never knew to this extent.



And that’s it! If you enjoyed, please share and subscribe. Thank you!


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