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Markets in Motion: A Financial Market History: 1900 to 2004

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  • Posted January 23, 2009

    nice market summary at a glance

    This is an oversized booklet (12 by 18 inches) consisting of graphs of the DJIA and other data on a decade by decade basis. There is a spiral binding inside the hard cover along the long dimension that allows the graphs to lay flat when viewed. Each decade is represented by an upper page and a lower page. <BR/><BR/> The upper page shows the DJIA and its 200 DMA on a log scale. Below that on the same graph is the price to dividend ratio, and graphics showing bear/bull markets, economic recession/expansion, and the US president. Alternating years are shaded grey, and there are 1 to 4 text snippets in each yearly column that describe important political and economic events (It was this info that I bought the book for). <BR/><BR/> The lower page has graphs showing the rate of change in industrial production, the consumer price index and M2 money supply, and various interest rate indicators (most recently the T-bill rate and the Discount rate). The lower page also has the yearly shading and text snippets. <BR/><BR/> The book presents a lot of data, but doesn't really summarize it very well. I would have preferred fewer text snippets in lieu of larger text boxes summarizing the bull and bear markets, and the reasons behind the major price moves. It would have also been nice to have tables of some of the monthly data in the back of the book--this info is available elsewhere, but it takes a lot of leg work to track it all down. And the Dow 30 is the only index presented--others would have been nice, along with other indicators for the lower graphs. But perhaps I am picking nits here--there is a lot of very useful info in this book, and the graphical format has definite advantages over text-based historical summaries.

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