The Wall Street Waltz
Introducing the new Fisher Investment SeriesComprised of engaging and informative titles written by renowned money manager and bestselling author Ken Fisher, this series offers essential insights into the worlds of investing and finance.
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"Ken′s book vividly presents a complete picture of the stock market′s history a vital tool for the savvy investor."
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Introduction: A Reintroduction To The Waltz.
Part 1. Stock Market Visualizations.
Chart 1. Price/ Earnings Ratios: Then and Now Dow Jones Industrials Price/Earnings Ratio, 1915 1986.
Chart 2. In Case You Didn′t Get It the First Time The Stock Market vs. Its P/ E Ratio, 1871 1937.
Chart 3. Earning a Good Return in the Market The Long–Term Tie Between Earnings and Stock Prices, 1926 1971.
Chart 4. Earnings Yields: Stocks Versus Bonds Earnings Yield on the S&P 500 vs. Yield On High–Grade Corporate Bonds, 1946 1974.
Chart 5. Price/ Dividend Ratios Provide Long–Term Vision Price/Dividend Ratios, 1920 1985.
Chart 6. Price–to–Book Ratios: Playing It by the Book The Market′s Price–to–Book Ratio, 1921 1986.
Chart 7. Price/Cash Flow Ratios: A Hidden Twist S&P 400 High Annual Price/Cash Flow Ratio, 1945 1986.
Chart 8. An Advertisement for Super Stocks and Forbes Sears, Roebuck & Company′s Stock Price, 1926 1955.
Chart 9. Mr. and Mrs. Financial Real Split Personalities Railroad Stocks and Bonds, 1860 1935.
Chart 10. Never a Timer Be: 56 Years of Stocks and Interest Rates Short–Term Interest Rates vs. the Stock Market, 1919 1978.
Chart 11. Value Line Industrial Composite: All the Stats that Are Fit to Print
Value Line Industrial Composite, 1970 1986.
Chart 12. Wealth Indexes for Classes of Securities, and the Winner Is . . .Wealth Indexes of Investments in the U.S. Capital Markets, 1925 1985.
Chart 13. Invest Overseas and Diversify? British Stocks vs. Dow Jones Industrials, 1958 1977.
Chart 14. Stock Prices Abroad: Seven More Market Mirrors Stock Indexes in Seven Countries, 1970 1980.
Chart 15. The 51st Estate Canadian vs. U.S. Stock Prices, 1962 1971.
Chart 16. Stock Prices Versus GNP Stock Market Indexes and Variations in GNP, 1955 1974.
Chart 17. The Premium Price of Growth Price/Earnings Multiples of Emerging Growth Stocks as a Percentage of the S&P 500 P/E, 1960 1986.
Chart 18. Growth–Stock Gyrations Hambrecht & Quist Growth Index, Hambrecht & Quist Technology Index, Standard & Poor′s 400, January 1970 to September 1986.
Chart 19. IPO Means It′s Probably Overpriced Number of Initial Public Offerings, 1969 1985.
Chart 20. "Wake Up, Folks" Stocks vs. Five Investment Alternatives 1975 1985.
Chart 21. Takeover Tactics in Relation to Assets Stocks, Infl ation, and Merger and Acquisitions Activity, 1968 1984.
Chart 22. The Silent Crash No One Noticed The Dow Jones Industrial Average as Adjusted for Infl ation, 1920 1985.
Chart 23. Moving with the Moving Average The 40–Week Moving Average of the Dow
Jones Industrial Average, 1965 1977.
Chart 24. All the News That′s Fit to Print Stock Prices vs. News Items, 1949 1968.
Chart 25. Stock Prices Versus Recessions Standard & Poor′s Index of 500 Common Stocks and Cyclical Declines in the Economy, 1948 1977.
Chart 26. Nine Major Stock Market Cycles Long–Term DJIA Showing Bull and Bear Trendlines, 1929 1977.
Chart 27. Roaring Twenties Revisited? Comparison of Dow Jones Industrials of the 1920s vs. the 1980s.
Chart 28. Price/ Earnings Ratios Can Be Deceiving Price/Earnings Ratio, 1928 1929.
Chart 29. A Clear Warning Stock Price Indexes, 1927 1929.
Chart 30. The Big Boys Don′t Always Buy Cheap Mergers Record, 1919 1928.
Chart 31. Preferred Stocks Shouldn′t Be Comparison of Industrial Common and Preferred Stocks, 1908 1932.
Chart 32. The 2 Percent Rule The Panic of 1907.
Chart 33. Remember What the Rich Man Forgot The Average Market Price of the 20 Leading Railroad and 12 Leading Industrial Stocks and of 5 Standard Bonds, 1896 1912.
Chart 34. Monthly Railroad Prices, 1843 1862 Indices of Railroad–Stock Prices, Monthly, 1843 1862: Index I (8 Selected Stocks), 1843 1852; Index IIc (18 Selected Stocks), 1853 1862; and All– Inclusive Index, 1843 1862.
Chart 35. Financial Fluctuations in the 18th Century? You Can Bank on It! The Bank of England Stock Prices, 1732 1846.
Chart 36. Charting the South Seas The South Seas Bubble, December 1719 to October 1720.
190 Years of Stock Market Movements Annual Average Stock Prices, 1790 1980.
Chart 38. Do You Figure They Earned Their Keep? Annual Rates of Return on Common Stocks, 1925 1976.
Chart 39. Two Ways to make a Million Two Examples of the Power of Compound
Part 2. Interest Rates, Commodity Prices, Real Estate, And Inflation.
Chart 40. The Interest–Rate Shuffle Long–Term vs. Short–Term Interest Rates, 1950 1975.
Chart 41. Long–Term Interest Rates: Four Countries in the World Economy Long–Term Interest Rates in Selected Countries, 1960 1980.
Chart 42. There Seems to Be a Bond Between These Yields Bond Interests and Common Stock Yields of Four Countries, 1955 1965.
Chart 43. The Snake AA Bond Rates Compared to the S&P 400 Earnings, 1960 1986.
Chart 44. Why the Interest in Oil? Yield on 20–Year Treasuries and Price of Crude
Oil, 1973 1986.
Chart 45. High Interest Rates Have Been a Recurring Nightmare U.S. Money Rates, Prime Commercial Paper, 1841 1918.
125 Years of the Counsel of the Consols A Comparison of Yields on Consols and U.S. Railroad Bonds, 1860 1980.
Chart 47. The Source of England′s Stiff Upper Lip Long–Term Interest Rates, U.K., 1731 1970.
Chart 48. When High Is Low and Vice Versa Historical Record of Real Interest Rates, 1790 1980.
Chart 49. Comparing Domestic and English Wholesale Prices Wholesale Prices in England vs. the United States, 1782 1930.
Chart 50. Prices in Southern England Price Index of Southern England, 1290 1950.
Chart 51. Wholesale Inflation Wholesale Prices: All Commodities Yearly
Averages, 1749 1980.
Chart 52. Inflation The American Experience United States Consumer Price Index, 1790 1985.
Chart 53. Gold: The Litmus Test for Commodity Prices Prices, in Currency and Gold, of 40 Basic Commodities in Different Countries, 1913 1936.
Chart 54. Prices in Three Countries Retail Prices in Germany, England, and the United States, 1860 1910.
Chart 55. A Lesson in Avoiding Wars Effect of Wars on U.S. Wholesale Prices.
Chart 56. No Place to Go but Up? Commodity Prices, 1982 1986.
Chart 57. Long–Term Gold Holders Get the Cold Shoulder 200 Years of American Gold Prices, 1781 1981.
Chart 58. The Long Cycle In Real Estate Activity Idealized 181/3 –Year Real Estate Cycle, 1870 1955.
Chart 59. Rural Real Estate: The True Story Change in Average Value of Farm Real Estate per Acre, 1981 1985.
Chart 60. And It Never Was, Either Trend in U.S. Farm Real Estate Prices, 1912 1976.
Chart 61. Housing Prices Single Family House Price Index, 1890 1980.
Part 3. Analyzing Business Cycles, Government Finance, And Quackery.
Chart 62. The One Minute Economic Cheat Sheet American Business Activity, 1790 1986.
Chart 63. What Do You See in This Pattern? Conspectus of Business Cycles in Various Countries, 1790 1925.
Chart 64. Unemployment and the 1 Percent Rule Unemployment Rate for Civilian Workers 1948 1983 (Seasonally adjusted).
Chart 65. Cars Crash, Too! New Auto Sales, Domestic Type (excluding imports), 1945 1983.
Chart 66. Housing Starts: An Inverted Look Housing Starts and Real Residential Fixed Investment, 1950 1979.
Chart 67. Breadlines in Britain English Unemployment, 1850 1914.
Chart 68. A Capital Spending Myth Expenditures for Business Plant and Equipment as a Percentage of the Privately Produced Gross National Product, 1900 1960.
Chart 69. South Africa Gold: How Important? Total World Gold Production, 1950 1983.
Chart 70. Is Labor Really Overpaid? Changes in the Equivalent of the Wage Rate of a Building Craftsman Expressed in a Composite Physical Unit of Consumables in Southern England, 1264 1954.
Chart 71. Electricity Use and Economic Growth Kilowatt–Hour Sales of the Electric Industry vs. Gross National Product or Expenditure.
Chart 72. Crude Oil Supply: A Tale of Government Involvement Domestic and Imported Crude Oil Supply, 1950 1979.
Chart 73. Texans Weren′t the First to Ride The Learning Curve Accumulated Knowledge vs. Costs, Electric Utility Industry, 1896 1912.
Chart 74. In the Know, Or Heavily Snowed? Net Public Debt as a Percentage of GNP, 1930 1986.
Chart 75. Taxes: The Customs of Our Evolution Sources of Federal Revenue, 1873 1940.
Chart 76. Government Growth: The Big Picture Public Finance, 1790 1953.
Chart 77. State and Local Taxes on a Steady Course State and Local Tax Sources, 1960 1979.
Chart 78. The States Are Revolting Federal and State–Local Expenditures, 1954 1983.
Chart 79. You Can′t Put a Number on It The Laffer Curve.
Chart 80. The Myth of Federal Taxes Taxes and Spending and Their Relation to GNP, 1965 1987.
Chart 81. Balancing the Budget with Hot Air Federal Income Tax Rates, 1909 1987.
Chart 82. Uncle "Fat Cat" Sam′s Real Estate Scam Approximate Area of Federal Lands in the United States, 1781 1960.
Chart 83. Defense Expenditures and the GNP Defense Budget as a Percentage of GNP, 1945 1986.
Chart 84. The Economic Cycle Economists Deny The Kondratieff Wave, 1780 1986 and Beyond.
Chart 85. Sunspots Sunspots, 1755 1978.
Chart 86. Bear Markets Versus Bare Knees The Hemline Indicator, 1897 1986.
Chart 87. Don′t Buy Nuttin′ What Eats Average Thoroughbred Yearling Prices Compared to Dow Jones Industrials Yearly Close, 1970 1980.
Chart 88. Wall Street Witch Doctors Exponential Upsweep of Dow Industrials, 1926 1962+.
Chart 89. Flukes of Nature and Finance The 9.6–Year Cycle in Acreage of Wheat Harvested, 1860 1970.
Chart 90. Don′t Lose Your Hide in the Market Cycles of Hide and Leather Prices.
Appendix. Myths To Frighten Children.
Appendix. Updated Charts.
Chart 18 Supply and Demand the Real Drivers.
Chart 74 Debt, the Federal Government, and Heroin Addicts.
Chart 83 Scale It to See It.
Chart 84 Predicting Communism′s Demise.