Additional options are now available for the cumulative market returns over time series and metric over time series.
The small multiples charts are an alternative to the traditional multi-line time series. It breaks out each entity’s series line into a separate smaller chart canvas, which are all arranged in a grid for easy comparison. Because each entity is plotted independently, the small multiples treatment offers a more clear and detailed evaluation of the data set than its cousin, the “spaghetti” line chart.
You can choose to show the subject company on each of the smaller panels or the first only.
For two series lines that share an axis, using shading to visualize differences lets you call attention any deviations between the values between a metric for two entities, or for two deviations for two metrics for a single entity.
Choose to visualize differences as:
Most applicable when the metrics being visualized are near zero, such as cumulative returns, which start at zero on the rebase data.
Provides useful context for any two-series time series.
Similar to underlay, but doesn’t need the primary data to be near zero.
Using colored shading to highlight the differences in performance provides a clear way to visually communicate the direction and magnitude of the difference without clouding the other data or information in the chart.