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The Confederate Cotton Zombie Bonds

The Confederate Cotton Zombie Bonds

  Confederate bonds are now prized by collectors of Confederate memorabilia. Since the bonds were never redeemed, thousands of these remnants of the South still exist for anyone to own. One of the more interesting bonds produced by the Confederacy were the...

The Worst Bear Market in History

The Worst Bear Market in History

  Which country has the dubious distinction of suffering the worst bear market in history? To answer this question, we ignore countries where the government closed down the stock exchange, leaving investors with nothing, as occurred in Russia in 1917 or Eastern...

Seven Years of Famine for Emerging Markets?

Seven Years of Famine for Emerging Markets?

  So far in 2014, emerging markets have significantly underperformed Developed Markets. Turkey has been forced to raise their interest rates dramatically to defend the Lira while Argentina saw a collapse in its own currency. The Fed is expected to continue to...

World Bank Data Added to GFDatabase

World Bank Data Added to GFDatabase

  Global Financial Data is proud to announce the addition of almost 40,000 files that our subscribers can now access. The source of the data is the World Bank, which has made their data archives available to all users. These files cover every country in the...

The January Effect

The January Effect

  We are about half way through January and many analysts, investors and market enthusiasts are wondering which way that markets are headed. Typically, the markets go through the “January Effect” which is a general increase in stock prices during the month of...

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GFD’s London Emerging Market Indices

GFD’s London Emerging Market Indices

Global Financial Data has put together a unique collection of alternative data indices that chart the performance of stocks in dozens of different countries around the world.  The first company for which Global Financial Data has data, the Dutch East India Co., was...

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Events in Time Anniversaries: February 2019

Events in Time Anniversaries: February 2019

  25 years ago: February 1994 S&P 500: 467.14 (vs. 2731.61 in 02/2019) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 6.15% (vs. 2.70% in 02/2019) Gold: $381.55 (vs. $1312.40 in 02/2019) Oil: $14.50 (vs. $53.94 in 02/2019) GBP/USD: 1.485 (vs. 1.2932 in 02/2019) US GDP:...

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Stocks for the Very Long Run: The UK-100

Stocks for the Very Long Run: The UK-100

Global Financial Data has added the UK-100 Index to its family of GFD Indices. The UK-100 index (GFUK100MPD) provides a DAILY index of stocks from the London Stock Exchange that begins in 1692 and ends in 1985. The index has a base of 12/31/1983 = 1000 so the index...

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