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The S&P Composite Before 1957

The S&P Composite Before 1957

When Standard and Poor’s introduced the S&P 500 index in March 1957, it revolutionized the index world and created a benchmark for the stock market that is still used today. The original S&P 500 index included 425 industrial stocks, 15 rail stocks and 60...

How Britain Built the Modern World

How Britain Built the Modern World

In previous articles, we have traced the growth in the market capitalization of shares in the world back to 1900 and in the United States back to 1791. This article traces the trends in both the market capitalization of shares and of British government debt in Great...

General Electric: The Fallen Giant

General Electric: The Fallen Giant

The graph below illustrates the history of global stock markets by capitalization from 1900 to 2018. The graph uses the World Federation of Exchanges definitions and divides the world into three groups: the Americas which includes both North and South America,...

The Bank Bubble of 1929

The Bank Bubble of 1929

When people talk about the stock market crash of 1929 and the 90% decline in U.S. stocks between 1929 and 1933, most of the focus of this rollercoaster ride falls on the industrial stocks, such as Radio Corporation of America, and others that flew high before...

Global Stock Markets Struggle for Survival

Global Stock Markets Struggle for Survival

Global Financial Data has put together several data series that enable us to track the capitalization of the world’s major stock markets from 1900 to 2018. With this data, we have calculated the global market capitalization of stock markets since 1900 and we have...

The Growth of the American Stock Market

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...

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French Investors and the Revolution of 1848

French Investors and the Revolution of 1848

  The Revolution of 1848 in Paris produced the most dramatic drop in the price of stocks and bonds in French history.  The stock market dropped in value over 70% when prices collapsed like a waterfall.  It took years of political stability for the market to...

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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 designated in the past: Mercantilism (1602-1800), Free Trade (1800-1914), Regulation (1914-1981) and Globalization...

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