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India: Four Centuries of Underdevelopment

India: Four Centuries of Underdevelopment

The Global Financial Database has more equity history for India than for any other country.  The British East India Co. was founded on December 31, 1600, preceding the founding of the Dutch East India Co. by one year.  Originally, shares were issued for specific...

Mexico: Still Emerging 200 Years Later

Mexico: Still Emerging 200 Years Later

Mexico has been struggling to develop its economy since Spain invaded Mexico in 1521 and it gained its independence in 1821.  When Mexico was a colony, Spain relied upon exports of silver to profit from its control over the economy.  The economy stagnated after Mexico...

Four Centuries of Stocks and Bonds in Retrospect

Four Centuries of Stocks and Bonds in Retrospect

Financial markets have evolved over time. The relationship between stocks and bonds differed in each of the eras that Global Financial Data has created to differentiate the behavior of financial markets in the past: the Dutch East India Co. (1601-1692), the Glorious...

Fixed Income Bull and Bear Markets

Fixed Income Bull and Bear Markets

Bear markets are clearly defined: a decline of 20% or more in an equity market constitutes a bear market.  By this definition, the United States had 18 bear markets in the 1900s.  But what is a bull market? Global Financial Data (GFD) has supplemented the definition...

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Dunkin’ Doesn’t Do Donuts but they Do Do Profits

Dunkin’ Doesn’t Do Donuts but they Do Do Profits

    Written by Michelle Kangas I often crave donuts being the sugar lover that I am. And I am not alone here at Global Financial Data.  On the way to the office there is a local Donut shop called Rose Donuts & Cafe, which has the best donuts as is...

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Paul Volcker, the Man Who Changed the Equity Risk Premium

Paul Volcker, the Man Who Changed the Equity Risk Premium

Co-Authored by Michelle Kangas & Dr. Bryan Taylor   On December 9, Paul Volcker, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank from 1979 to 1987, died at the age of 92.  Paul Volcker changed the shape of the economy and of financial markets.   The...

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Is this the Greatest Bull Market of All Time?

Is this the Greatest Bull Market of All Time?

Co-Authored by Michelle Kangas & Dr. Bryan Taylor     Although few people may realize it, we could be living through the greatest bull market in American history.  Only three bull markets during the past 225 years have achieved a 400% increase in stock...

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