The yield curve plots yields on short-term versus long-term Treasuries. Conventional wisdom holds that if the yield curve inverts–that is, when short-term yields are higher than long-term yields–it means a recession is coming. This visualization also helps readers see why the yield curve may have lost some of its predictive potential, as recent monetary policy has kept long-term interest rates low.
An interactive world map showing how much sovereign debt select countries hold denominated in foreign currencies. Given the world’s heavy reliance on the dollar, many emerging markets with high sovereign debt denominated in foreign currencies have suffered from the dollar’s recent relative strength. Foreign-currency debt is a risk factor for sovereign debt defaults, though far from the only factor.
Made with R libraries ggplot2 and plotly.
An animated visualization charting inflation-adjusted income per capita against life expectancy in 180 nations from 1800 to 2009. Each circle represents a nation, and changes in size to represent changes in the nation’s population. Hover over the circle to see the nation’s name. Click README.md for more info.
Made with the JS library d3. Data the Gapminder Foundation.