Stock Market Cap/GDP is Substantially Below Average

By on November 27, 2008

Barron’s reported in their latest issue that the current stock market capitalization as a percentage of GDP is at 59%, well below the average of 79% since 1930. However, it remains quite a bit above the lows of around 40% which were experienced in the 1930’s and 1974-1982. The 40% range would place the S&P 500 at 550; a scary drop from here.

This bear market is the worst in percentage terms since the the 1937 drop of 50%.


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