Iranian rial

Iranian rial collapsing amid geopolitical tensions with the US

Eric Garland DataLab

The Iranian rial is in dire straits as NATO force moves to clash with Iran’s proxy state, Syria. As Russia is also behind the rogue Syrian regime – and considering Russia’s support for the Iranian Islamic Republic – this macroeconomic shock is inevitable and likely to worsen. Consider also the skyrocketing inflation in Iran. We expect significant geopolitical shift of …

WTI crude oil price chart 2018

WTI Crude Oil Prices, Feb 2017 – Feb 2018

Eric Garland DataLab

Since so much geopolitical shift happens because of fossil fuel prices, we keep a close watch on major indicators such as the West Texas Intermediate, or WTI Crude Oil price. The greatest geopolitical shift right now of course involves the declining fortunes of the Russian Federation, the economy of which is strictly tied to fossil fuel markets. This chart of …

ruble dollar

Russian ruble plunges versus US dollar

Eric Garland DataLab

We’re tracking the immediate impact of the biting sanctions of the United States targeting the oligarchs of the Russian Federation as individuals. Some of the most powerful people in Russia – Viktor Vekelsberg, Oleg Deripaska, and others – have been directly sanctioned. This is extremely important as the Russian Federation has used its oligarchs as a de facto tool of …

Facebook monthly active users

Monthly active users at Facebook

Eric Garland DataLab

Facebook, now implicated in the Russian interference in the 2016 US elections (as well as those of France, the Netherlands, Germany, and others) has achieved such massive power by accruing a base of monthly active users that is the plurality of the human race. Of all grandiose statements, this is not an exaggeration in statistical or metaphorical terms. The tech …