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What are Capital Gains Infographic

What are Capital Gains Infographic


What a useful graphic we have here. Mint.com has created a graphic in order to summarize the various aspects of capital gains (and capital losses). They have done so with an incredible attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned. So, what is a capital gain you ask (if you haven’t asked, someone has asked for you.) According to the graphic, a capital gain is the profit that you gain when you sell a capital asset that you own, such as a stock, a bond, a piece of real estate, or a website. On the other hand, when you sell a capital asset for less than the price you bought it for you, you incur a capital loss. It’s important to understand the capital gains and losses apply to both businesses and individuals.

Ok, so what is a capital asset precisely? A capital asset is anything you own, including real estate, securities, furniture, precious metals, stamp and coin collections, jewelery and gems, gold and silver, automobiles etc. etc.–you get the picture. Short term and long term capital gains have different tax rates. Capital gains are generally taxed at a lower rate than personal income, and in some cases capital gains can be offset by capital losses. Capital gains tax rates are determined based on the type of investment and the holding period.

Below is a listing of some of the tax rates for different capital assets:

Collectibles: max tax rate, 28%

Investment Securities: max tax rate, 35%

Real Estate: max tax rate, 25%

Qualified Small Business Stock: max tax rate, 28%

Now, let’s saddle up and go for a ride in the infographic grading valley.

Design: B+

A  unique graphic, but I’m not blown away. I’ll tell you where the graphic needs a tad bit of work– at the bottom.  Notice the wrong colors were chosen. I say this because you can’t even read the last few words in that extra chart section.  That’s the weakest part of the graphic, and it has resulted in me giving it a point deduction.

Content: A-

Mint.com did a stand up job as usual by covering the topic in the best way possible.  They didn’t get bogged down with technical details, and they didn’t make the information so basic that the graphic was valueless.

Overall, a very strong graphic.

Customer Service Statistics Infographic

Customer Service Statistics Infographic


What makes good customer service? An interesting topic for an infographic to tackle, if I do say so myself. This graphic starts off by displaying the top 10 commandments for good customers service.  Among those are mainly common sense policies, but despite this, not all customer service people follow these core principals.  One such tillar, “always provide what you promise,” is sadly ignored all too often.  In fact, some businesses are completely built off a lie and selling that lie. Another principle, “never argue with a customer” is being broken somewhere everyday, probably every hour.

The next portion of the graphic goes on to describe the state of customer service in America, and breaks these stats down by industry. The telling statistic in this segment of the graphic is that no industry had a higher than 10 percent exceptional rating. But four industries did have exceptional ratings: communications, retail, financial services, and insurance.  Based on my interpretation of this portion, it is very hard to determine which industry is the leader when it comes to customer service.  On the one hand, the financial services industry had 10 percent of people give it an exceptional rating, and 45 percent give it an above average rating, but it also had 30 percent of people give it a “poor” rating, which is a higher percentage poor rating than any of other industries received.  So much for that industry getting the most overall high marks.

I do wonder though how much of that 30% poor rating comes from public perception of that industry and not from actual customer service experiences.  The creators do not say much about the source of this information, other than mentioning it at the bottom of  the graphic.

The next section of the graphic ranks companies based on their polled customer service ratings.  This is the juicy stuff.  Unfortunately for AOL, it clocks in last, with a monstrous 42% of people polled saying that its customer service was horrid in 2010. No wonder it’s trying to change its business model to that of content creation and buy Yahoo.  Unsurprisingly, Bank of America also received unfavorable ratings.

So, which companies had the highest customer service ratings in the poll?  Amazon, Trader Joe’s, and Netflix top the list.  Apple also scored well in the poll, sure to please Apple enthusiasts across the land.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

This graphic’s design isn’t going to blow anyone away. On the plus side, it’s not going to make anyone scream in terror either.  Therefore, I’ve rewarded it with a solid “B.” The graphic as a whole is attractive, but it’s not dazzling.

Content: B+

Again, the content of this graphic is solid, but not extraordinary. It’s filled with facts pulled from various sources, but there are no amazing or outlandish stats to make you stop and say, “Wow! That’s fascinating!” If you contrast the sort of facts in this graphic with the ones presented in say, the Google graphic we ran, you can see what I’m talking about.

Overall, this graphic is impressive, but not in an off-the-charts sort of way. What do you think, loyal infographic showcase reader? Did this graphic adequately answer the question, “What makes good customer service?”

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Google By the Numbers Infographic

Google By the Numbers Infographic


Just how massive is Google (in real terms) you ask? More specifically, how many pages are in its index?  That is the question this aesthetically pleasing infographic attempts to answer. Even though the precise number of pages in Google’s index is a closely-guarded secret, this graphic relies on math to make an educated guess at the exact number.  And that number is..(drumroll please) 40 billion.

That’s quite a lot of pages if I do say so. Google is 1,600 times the size of what it was when it began.  According to the graphic, if you were some insane loon who felt the need to display all of Google’s indexed sites on a single monitor, the screen would have to be 6 million miles from corner to corner.  So, get cracking.  It should only take you about 150 years to build such a monitor.

The graphic covers many other aspects of Google besides its index, such as gmail, youtube (which it acquired in 2006), the business side of Google, and other “stuff” (ie. random facts).  Among the fascinating tidbits, gmail’s current storage allowance is equivalent to 1.74 billion full audio CDs. Another intriguing piece of info: because there are 1.5 billion images in Google, you would need 112 million floppy disks if you wanted to store them all.  Now, here’s where its gets scary (but the good kind of scary).  Google hopes to  index about 100 petabytes of information in the near future, which is equal to half of all printed material in human history.

Now, let’s delve into the grading segment.

Design: A-

This graphic’s design is fast and furious. Barely gasping for breath, the graphic sucks you in and never lets go.  A nice color scheme coupled with compelling images and charts makes this creation extremely well-done.

Content: B+

The content side contains many unique facts–not run of the mill items either.  Interesting tidbits that make you stop and say, “whoa, that’s amazing” flow throughout. There is one mark against this graphic from a content perspective, hampering it from breaking the B+ barrier.  The creator must learn the difference between revenue and profit.  The youtube portion presents a chart that says, “No revenue.”  What they actually mean to say is “No profit,” considering the graphic just discussed that youtube does in fact generate revenue, but only from 14% of its 1 billion videos each day.

Overall, I was impressed by this work. One policy that Google must change though: they ought to allow cats on site, not just dogs.  It’s an  interesting policy decision because usually it’s the other way around.

Graphic courtesy of computerschool.org

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The Human Tongue Infographic

The Human Tongue Infographic

The human tongue is perhaps the most interesting body part, right after the femur that is. This graphic displays some of the most zany statistics about not only the human tongue, but the animal tongue as well. What kind of animals? How about the whale? The tongue of a whale weighs a measly 5,400 pounds and is the size of an elephant. That’s really a very scary thought when you think about it. To think that every blue whale out there has an elephant in its mouth? Golly! Ok, enough Leave it to Beaver moments. Let’s get down to business–tongue business.

tongue infographic

This graphic is filled with useful tidbits, such as the fact that the idiom “the cat got your tongue” has roots in ancient Assyria. Apparently, in those golden days, conquered soldiers and criminals had their tongues taken out as punishment and fed to the king’s cat. I’m sure all two people who actually use the expression, “cat got your tongue” will be pleased to know that. Then again, they probably already did.

Here’s another gem in the graphic. A series of intense scientific tests on identical twins have shown that the ability to roll one’s tongue into a tube shape is not a genetic trait. Sibling rivalry over tongue matters can now be elevated.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: A

This graphic is one of the most well-designed we’ve ever had on this site. The designer was dealt a difficult set of cards; he was given a topic that’s not necessarily the most interesting to draw and told to make an entire graphic out of it. And the designer delivered, so he should be commended for that. I do have one knock on the design (he was given an A, so the knock isn’t too harsh, but it’s there.) That knock is simply that creative things weren’t done with the tongues. There could have a been a depiction of the tongues dancing to demonstrate their ability to help with singing. Or perhaps, to demonstrate how long the longest tongue in history is, the illustrator could have made a tongue wrap around the entire graphic. So, that’s my one knock. It’s a soft one, but it’s there.

Content: A

I’m awarding an A on the content side as well.  What a stupendous set of facts! A tongue, by its nature, is boring.  So, it would have been easy for the creator to just say, “Darn. I can only find boring facts.  Welp, I suppose I’ll be putting together a boring infographic, as a result.” But the creator did not. He took a potentially boring topic and made it unbelievably entertaining.  And that’s commendable.

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