About The Numbers

In addition to recapping interesting opinion pieces and providing a biased, incomplete, whirlwind tour of the week’s news, the Week in Review also includes various economic indicators including: various stock, commodity, and bond prices, currency exchange rates, and other things. This page offers a brief description of each and in some cases my interest in the particular number. The various numbers reflect both my interest in the United States and the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations.

The DOW Jones Industrials, the DOW 30, or just the DOW is a price-weighted stock index of 30 of the most powerful United States industrial companies, and must be the most reported on stock market index in the United States. What kind of two bit financial/economics newsletter wouldn’t report this number? [Bloomberg] [Google Finance] [Wikipedia]

The S&P 500 is a capitalization-weighted index that tracks 500 large-cap United States stocks across all major industries. It has been published since 1957. [Bloomberg] [Google Finance] [Wikipedia]

The VIX or the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, is a measure of implied volatility of S&P 500 index options. [Bloomberg] [Wikipedia]

Here’s a Google spreadsheet where I keep track of everything. It has raw data plus charts, mostly of various number plotted vs. gold.

more to come…

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