The Wall Street Journal has a lot of good looking charts which I draw my dashboard ideas. You can hardly find any in BusinessWeek or Fortune nowadays. The chart from WSJ below shows a complex story of European bank revenues from equity capital markets deals(ECM).
To create such a chart in Excel, I placed a stacked column chart on Excel’s primary axis and a line chart on the secondary axis. To replicate the exact look, I applied more chart formatting tricks. The result is largely faithful to the original. I am trying to demonstrate Excel’s capability to produce professional-looking charts and dashboards.
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