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A Century of Peace: Bear Markets in the 1800s

A Century of Peace: Bear Markets in the 1800s

GFD has calculated a global index of stocks that begins in 1602 and continues until the present. With this index, we can track the changes in global stock markets over the past 400 years, determine when bear markets occurred and study the causes of those bear markets....

Brazilian Stocks’ Wild Ride Through Time

Brazilian Stocks’ Wild Ride Through Time

At about $1 trillion, Brazil’s stock market is among the twenty largest stock markets in the world, equal to about half of the country’s GDP. The first stock exchange opened in Brazil in 1817, the Rio de Janeiro Stock Exchange opened in 1820, and the Sao Paulo Stock...

Events in Time Anniversaries: June 2019

Events in Time Anniversaries: June 2019

25 years ago: June 1994 S&P 500: 444.27 (vs. 2826.15 in 06/2019) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.34% (vs. 2.12% in 06/2019) Gold: $388.25 (vs. $1324.25 in 06/2019) Oil: $19.365 (vs. $53.50 in 06/2019) GBP/USD: 1.544 (vs. 1.264 in 06/2019) US GDP: $7,246...

The Century of War: Bear Markets in the 1700s

The Century of War: Bear Markets in the 1700s

GFD has calculated a global index of stocks that begins in 1602 and continues until the present. With this index, we can track the changes in global stock markets over the past 400 years. In particular, we can determine when bear markets occurred and study the causes...

GFD Finaeon Release Notes: May 17, 2019

GFD had minor release to our live site and data set on 5/17/2019. See below for details on the changes 1. GFD did our annual review and went back to the data published on central bank websites to compare the data published on their websites with the data in the...

Events in Time Anniversaries: May 2019

Events in Time Anniversaries: May 2019

25 years ago: May 1994 S&P 500: 456.50 (vs. 2881.40 in 05/2019) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.17% (vs. 2.47% in 05/2019) Gold: $387.60 (vs. $1287.10 in 05/2019) Oil: $18.295 (vs. $61.65 in 05/2019) GBP/USD: 1.5105 (vs. 1.2999 in 05/2019) US GDP: $7,115...

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Four Centuries of Stocks and Bonds in Retrospect

Dr. Bryan Taylor, Chief Economist, Global Financial Data     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),...

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A Century of Peace: Bear Markets in the 1800s

GFD has calculated a global index of stocks that begins in 1602 and continues until the present. With this index, we can track the changes in global stock markets over the past 400 years, determine when bear markets occurred and study the causes of those bear markets....

read more

Brazilian Stocks’ Wild Ride Through Time

At about $1 trillion, Brazil’s stock market is among the twenty largest stock markets in the world, equal to about half of the country’s GDP. The first stock exchange opened in Brazil in 1817, the Rio de Janeiro Stock Exchange opened in 1820, and the Sao Paulo Stock...

read more