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GFD Introduces New Railroad Indices and Extends Its Cape Ratios Back 40 Years

Global Financial Data has produced a new set of railroad indices that should transform our understanding of the past. In addition to the calculation of the indices themselves, GFD has been able to calculate PE ratio and dividend yield data back to 1832 enabling us to push our CAPE ratios back to 1842, 40 years before the current start date of 1881. GFD offers 175 years of CAPE data, more than any other source.

Every month I read about the discovery of exoplanets thousands of light years from earth. The discovery of exoplanets enables us to compare the configuration of our own solar ...

Four Centuries of Global Leadership

Global Financial Data has collected data on the London Stock Exchange and the United States stock exchanges as well as data on individual companies over the past 400 years. This data covers all the major companies that have listed in London, New York, Paris and Amsterdam during the past four centuries. This data provides us with a fascinating glimpse into how global leadership has changed over the past 400 years. GFD has put together a table that provides information on what was the larges ...

Two Centuries of American Leadership

Two Centuries of American Leadership

The article Four Centuries of Global Leadership tracked the largest company in the world from 1602 to 2018. This article focuses on the United States, detailing how leadership, in terms of the company with the largest market cap, has changed over the past two centuries.

The table which accompanies this article provides a unique history of the United States stock market. We have calculated the number companies in the market at fi ...

GFD Expands OTC and NASDAQ Daily Data Back to 1968

Global Financial Data has extended its daily data for the NASDAQ and over-the-counter markets back to 1968, providing daily coverage of thousands of companies during one of the most volatile eras in US stock market history.

The 1960s were the period when hundreds of computer companies went public hoping to transform the world. Many of them, such as Intel, became household names or eventually moved to the American or New York Stock Exchange. Moreover, in 1968, most banks were listed over-the-counter, but since many have moved to the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1968, stoc ...

Global Financial Data Presents a New Web-Based REST API

Global Financial Data has always worked hard to provide as many different access options for our data as possible. Over time, a variety of different methods have been developed to meet the needs of all our customers: the Finaeon web interface on the GFD website, the Aeon Excel plugin, and the desktop-based API client.

In response to the demands of our customers, GFD now provides subscribers with a new analyst- and developer-friendly query option: a web-based REST API.

Data scientists and developers will be able to use a variety of different languages and tools to writ ...

The Russian Stock Market Before the Revolution

Global Financial Data has put together indices of the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange before World War I and the collapse of Russia into Communism. The data was made available to us from Yale’s International Center for Finance.

The files were marked in transliterated Cyrillic, so we converted the names back into Cyrillic and then translated the names of the companies into English. We then classified the stocks according to their sector so we could see how one sector did relative to the others.

Although the data from Yale was rich in price data, it was lacking in shares ou ...