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United States Stock Market Indices Revised

Global Financial Data has made major revisions to three of its popular indices, the Dow Jones Transport Average, the S&P 500 Composite and the S&P 500 Composite Total Return Index.

Global Financial Data has recently calculated its own GFD Index for Railroad stocks in the 1800s. Using data GFD has collected on the price of shares, dividends paid on shares and the number of shares outstanding, GFD has calculated a cap-weighted index of the price and total return to railroad shares from 1832 until 2018. In each year, Global Financial Data chose the top 40 companies by capitalization, ...

Global Financial Data Adds Over 1200 New Debt Series

Global Financial Data has added over 1200 new series on debt from the BIS. These series track the outstanding debt by country and category. All data are quarterly and will be updated on a regular basis.

The data covers 138 countries and breaks the data down by several categories. The data are first broken down into Total Outstanding Debt, Government Debt, Financial Corporation debt and Non-Financial Corporation Debt. In addition to this, the debt is broken down according to the currency it is issued, differentiating between the total amount issued, the amount issued in US Dollars a ...

The Growth of the American Stock Market

Global Financial Data has calculated the market cap of the United States stock market from 1791 until 2018. These calculations include not only the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, but regional exchanges, such as Philadelphia and Boston and over-the-counter stocks, such as Standard Oil. We have divided the total market cap by GDP to examine how the stock market has grown relative to the economy over the past 200 years.

The graph below illustrates the results. There were two periods when there was a dramatic increase in the ratio of market capitaliza ...

Data for Amsterdam Stocks from the 1600s and 1700s Added to GFD

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest in the world. It was established in 1602 by the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) to aide in the trading of shares in the company. Amsterdam was the first exchange to begin trading securities and was the location of the tulipmania bubble of 1636 to 1637, the first bubble in financial history.

Global Financial Data has collected data for three companies that traded on the Amsterdam Stock exchange in the 1600s and the 1700s, the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) which had a monopoly ov ...