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GFD Adds Market Capitalization Data by Country to its GFD Indices

Global Financial data has added 180 market cap country indices to its GFD Indices. The indices cover 90 countries with one index providing both data on the total market cap of that country in US Dollars with the number of companies that are included in the calculations, and a second index showing total market cap of that country as a percentage of the global total. Country classification is based upon which country the firm operated in.

Global Financial Data has information on 75,000 companies that listed in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries. Before Wor ...

The Birth of Electric Cars

Although, few people may realize it, we may be seeing the first generation of kids that will not need to know how to drive a car. With all the changes that are going on in the automobile industry, this is a distinct possibility. Not since the introduction of cars over 100 years ago has the automobile industry gone through so many changes so quickly. Between electric cars and self-driving cars, automobiles as we know them may not even exist 20 years from now.

The Birth of the Automobile

What was it like in the beginning? What type of companies were born when automobiles we ...

Global Financial Data Adds 150 Market Cap Indices to its GFD Indices

Global Financial Data has added the most extensive collection of data on sector market caps available anywhere.

Global Financial Data divides the stock market into twelve sectors. The 12 sectors include 11 sectors similar to the 11 sectors in the GICS, but adds a twelfth sector for Transportation stocks since these were historically important to the US, UK and other economies. The Communications sector includes not only Telecommunications stocks, but general communications such as Media and Publishing. The Real Estate sector is separated from the Financial Sector throughout its his ...

Denmark’s Forgotten Stock Market Bubble

Global Financial Data has added data on individual stocks from the Copenhagen stock market between 1871 and 1937 to the database. This provides a history of Danish stocks that was previously unavailable. In the midst of putting together this data, we discovered a forgotten stock market bubble of shipping stocks during World War I.

This bubble followed the classic pattern of a dramatic rise followed by a crash, but we have never seen this bubble mentioned in any of the sources we have consulted. In many ways, this was a “rational” bubble since dividends paid by the shipping compan ...

200 Years of the United States Stock Market in One Graph

The Course of the Exchange made the first attempt to break the stock market down into sectors in 1811 when it expanded its coverage of stocks to include shares other than the three sisters, the Bank of England, South Sea stock and East India Company that dominated the English stock market in the 1700s.

Twenty securities were listed in The Course of the Exchange from 1747 to 1811 as a group. On January 1, 1811, coverage expanded to two pages and stocks were divided into different sectors: canals, docks, assurance, water works and miscellaneous companies. On August 30, 1811, I ...