GLOBAL FINANCIAL DATA

Recently, I was trying to help someone get US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics back to 1915. The problem? GDP did not exist as a construct going that far back in time. However, there was a source that came to mind: Global Financial Data (GFD). This database specializes in providing long time series on stocks, bonds, and economic indicators. In the case of GDP for the United States, they have extended it back to 1789. You can use GFD anonymously or you can create a personal account in order to access certain features such as saving workbooks.

Image of GFD login page.  Academics have the choice to log in anonymously or create a log-in

Directly from the landing page, you access search options, GFD Power Downloads, and Help.

Image of the landing page for Global Financial Data. Includes Search options, GFD Power Downloads, and Help

It is easy to download data or to create graphs to demonstrate a point. Below is a sampling of what GFD has to offer.

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