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Our annual showcase of the most beautiful, concise and informative published over the past year, The Little Book of Data aims to provide investors with a different perspective on the world and help guide their decisions.
The power of visualising data in innovative ways cannot be understated. Part art, part science, it requires an expert instinct for understanding what matters most; the skill being as much in what you leave out as what you present.
In investing, as data and information expand at an ever-increasing rate, the importance of visualising data accurately and engagingly will only grow. Not only does it help drive efficiency and reduce cognitive load (by helping people understand important trends and concepts more quickly), it can also help create entirely new perspectives.
As with the last three editions of The Little Book of Data, we have curated some of the best and most informative charts over the last 12 months; the ones that, as well as being visually arresting, speak to the most pressing issues of the day.
Themes covered in this edition of include:
- The bigger picture
- Data and technology
- Diversity and inclusion
- Markets and economies
A beautifully printed coffee table book
Over 120 pages of full colour spreads showing stunning data visualisations covering topical themes from across the world.
Against our nature
Through visual design and simple but provocative messaging, Against our nature aims to playfully remind people of their part in the climate crisis and help them navigate the myriad of psychological and behavioural traps that lie in wait for them.
What does the data say? Parcels, the (other) Amazon and COVID-19
26 Nov 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at the steep increase in deliveries, the continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the rise of COVID-19 in Europe.
What does the data say? All eyes on Glasgow
29 Oct 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we focus on climate change as the world turns its attention to the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
What does the data say? Ice meltdown, unicorns and green pensions
23 Sep 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at melting ice caps, the rising value (and volume) of ‘unicorn’ companies, and the hidden power of your pension.
What does the data say? Climate change, real yields and live TV
27 Aug 2021
In the latest instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at the latest IPCC report, the significant decline in US real yields and people’s live TV versus streaming habits.
What does the data say? Dogecoin, Nike D2C and the North American heatwave
30 Jul 2021
In this month’s instalment of ‘What does the data say?’, we look at the incredible rise of Dogecoin, Nike’s direct-to-consumer strategy and the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada.
COVID’s dirty plastic secret
29 Jul 2021
As the world continues to grapple with the health implications of COVID-19, unintended consequences were inevitable. In this data-led story, we look at the effect the pandemic has had on global plastic wastage and what policymakers can do to tackle the issue.
8 Jul 2021
No single technology is enough to tackle the climate crisis, a global and systemic issue that requires joined-up thinking. We flag different pathways to address warming gases in the atmosphere – five nature-based and five technical – and ask what steps are needed next.
What does the data say? Corporate tax, climate litigation and pub blues
25 Jun 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at corporation tax rates, climate-related litigation and the ongoing misfortune of pubs.
What does the data say? Tesla, the halo effect and reasons for CEO departures
28 May 2021
In the latest instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we look at Tesla’s market cap relative to the European “Big Five” carmakers, the average CSR spending of FTSE 100 companies versus their procurement budget and the most common reasons for a CEO to leave a company.
What does the data say? Bitcoin, offices and emissions
30 Apr 2021
In our monthly visual series on topical data themes, we look at whether Bitcoin could be the new gold, if COVID-19 has put pressure on London office rents, and the extent to which transport affects the carbon footprint of foods.
Living in the past: Why are controversy scores so controversial?
8 Apr 2021
Many investors use controversy scores as a filter to avoid firms whose damaging behaviour has hit the headlines, from human rights violations to environmental disasters. But these scores have serious limitations, making them an inadequate tool for investors who want to manage ESG risks and have a positive impact.
Five charts that show Copenhagen is a city of the future
7 Apr 2021
We take a visual approach to highlight why Copenhagen is such a rich, vibrant and economically prosperous city.
What does the data say? Vaccines, illiquidity and managers called Dave
26 Mar 2021
In the first of a new monthly series, we take a visual approach to illustrate topical data themes in economies, markets and beyond. This month we look at the correlation between stock market performance and vaccinations, the illiquidity premium in real assets, and whether there are still more men called Dave running funds than female managers.
The COVID Nudge
28 Jan 2021
In these data visualisations, we look at whether COVID-19 will achieve something that millions spent on public health campaigning has failed to do.
Hot wheels: Cars, climate change and the great EV disconnect
25 Jan 2021
With traditional carmakers under intense pressure to cut emissions in the fight against climate change, investors are putting their money behind pure play electric vehicle producers. Alessandro Rovelli digs into the numbers to assess whether this trend is sustainable.
Five charts that show Manchester is a city of the future
20 Aug 2020
In this short, visual article we present five charts that show why Manchester is such a rich, vibrant and economically prosperous city. Our view is that the ingredients of connectivity, culture, talent, scale and scientific heritage make the city well-equipped to thrive in the coming years and decades.