Monday, March 2, 2009

A Comparative And Quantitative Look At The Great Depression

The media is full of stories about the Great Depression, but rarely does anyone present some quantitative variables for comparison. Here are some to consider:
-Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Peak - 9/3/1929: 381
-DJIA Bottom - 7/8/1932: 41.2
-Loss: 89%
-Time from Peak to Bottom: 2.85 years

Now lets compare these data to today:
-DJIA Peak - 10/9/2008: 14165
-DJIA after a 89% loss from the peak: 1532
-Bottom Date 2.85 Years From Peak: 8/13/2010

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