Helpful Links for Market & Economic Data


  • S&P 500: Yahoo! Finance offers daily price index levels since 1950. While the gauge does go back further (reliable data run through 1926), this is the longest freely available source we’ve found. Additionally, NYU Stern School of Business Professor Aswath Damodaran offers annual total returns (returns including dividends) since 1928.
  • MSCI World: These step-by-step instructions will show the MSCI World Index, a gauge measuring 23 developed world countries. For most global investors, using index level “net” will be the most realistic—this means the returns factor in dividends after applying an estimated Luxembourg withholding tax. The same instructions can be used to find virtually any MSCI index. Simply select the country/region you are targeting from the list as opposed to The World Index. That instruction page also includes instructions on how to access the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch series of bond index data.
  • S&P 500 Valuations: The website has a vast array of freely available historical valuations data , all sourced from Professor Robert Shiller (Yale University). A cautionary note: You’ll need to be careful about which gauge you select. Some are inflation-adjusted and others are not, which can greatly skew your findings. NYU’s Stern School of Business offers annual index earnings from 1960 on.
  • The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indexes (LEIs): Clicking on the global section of the “Economic Indicators” box in the top right will show all the LEIs published by The Conference Board. While some are of greater value than others—China’s is wholly unproven—the US gauge is about as good a forward-looking indicator of economic conditions out there. In more than half a century, no recession has started when LEI is high and rising.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Data Center provides a wide array of information including bond index returns.

US Data 

The links below are all sourced from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ tremendous FRED database, a hugely expansive source containing thousands of economic data time series. Most are from the US, but there are some time series from other nations, too.

Please note: You will need to refresh these links to get the latest data by adjusting the date ranges. You can adjust these series various ways using the “units” measure found at the “graph” tab. All of these data are freely downloadable using the export button and citation instructions are also included.

Foreign Data

Primary sources here are Eurostat (the EU and eurozone) and the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

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