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Global Financial Data has extended every time series in which historical sources have been located. In 1990, Dr. Bryan Taylor had a dream to build the most comprehensive collection of financial and economic data ever created.

Only GFD has complete records of all stocks — past and present. GFD tracks every stock ever traded including delisted issues, mergers, acquisitions and name changes.

Another, example of GFD’s discontinued data series include historical exchange rates for all of the currencies that merged into the Euro, including the French Franc and German Mark. Analysts may examine the nominal values of these currencies. However, other sources use the Euro conversion factor (automatically provided), rather than the actual historical exchange rates as delivered by GFD. Search the GFDatabases today for the data your research requires.

Complete, precise data is our business. When you are a subscriber of our service you will be certain that no series has been deleted or altered. Complete data is alternative data.

GFD’s complete data series include:

  • United Kingdom 2.5% Consol Yield which begins in 1729
  • United States Dollar – French Franc Exchange Rate which begins in 1800
  • Price of Rice in China which begins in 1000
  • United States Dollar – German Mark Exchange Rate which begins in 1832
  • English Price of Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Peas and Oxen which begin in 1209
  • London Coal Price which begins in 1259
  • Babylon Wheat, Date and Wool Price which begins in 385 BC
  • Paris Housing Rental Rate which begins in 1400
  • Imperial Russia stock Index which begins in 1865
  • Paris Unskilled Laborer’s Daily Salary which begins in 1446

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