The Stock Market Blog: November 2019

The book includes short biographies of all major historical contributors to American financing, which are interesting, educational, and most importantly, interesting. 23. He is the daddy of specialized evaluation also. Ironically, Dow went relatively unnoticed for his achievements and died quietly at age 51 in his modest Brooklyn apartment in 1902 — years before he was credited with revolutionizing just how we now talk about the currency markets.

You could explain “his” theory, and its own technical applications, but during his lifetime, he never organized a “Dow Theory,” per se. When he first started compiling currency markets averages in 1884 — before the WSJ even existed — he hadn’t set up much besides an index with an all-inclusive “index amount” by which to gauge the stock market. Later he added his intuitive views. In fact, the Dow Theory as we realize it today was only named and extracted from his WSJ editorials twenty years after his death by other market technicians, like William P. Hamilton.

He was created on a Connecticut farm in 1851 and proved helpful odd careers as a youngster. His father died when he was six. When he was old enough to choose his profession, he chose to abandon farm life for the pen. Carrying out a scant education, he apprenticed for six years with the important Massachusetts newspapers, the Springfield Republican. He transferred to a Providence Then, Rhode Island paper, where he found his market in financial writing while within the mining industry defeat. Having made a humble name for himself, Dow, at 31, next ventured to New York and in 1882, founded Dow, Jones & Company with fellow reporter Eddie Jones.

They used second-hand office equipment and exercised of a little, one-room office in a ramshackle building at 15 Wall Street, building a profitable news agency. They provided daily, financial information updates to clients, who had been typical Wall structure Street wags mostly. Printed news was scarce on the Street, and there is a value to being connected to news sources even if these were little more reliable than the gossip proliferating through the crowd.

So, their service was appreciated, within the entire year and the firm grew quickly. Soon, they started publishing a two-page newspaper called the Customer’s Afternoon Letter — the WSJ’s predecessor. It was in the Letter that Dow first published his average, which he still left unnamed. 5 for a yearly subscription, 2 cents per copy, and 20 cents per range for ads, the WSJ contained four web pages of financial information and figures, including relationship and commodity rates, active stocks, railroad profits and bank or investment company and U.S.

Treasury reports. At a time when there have been 35 major stocks and many hundred less broadly adopted names about an authoritative information source began to produce, in effect, a typical by which the truth was to be assessed. Today We use the same standard, released by the same firm. That function by itself insures Dow a chair in the financial hall of fame.

Dow was a perfectionist. It is impossible to think of how the Wall Street panorama would look like today without Dow’s impact. Whether because of his newspaper or technical evaluation via his indexes, the name Dow cannot be separated from the market. In a global world of computers the Dow seems to be our worst major index, poorly conceived and non-reflective of the normal stock in America.

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But that is taking a look at it from our perspective today, on the back-end of an given information and consumer electronics explosion. Then it was an easy-to-calculate index Back, and price-weighting made more sense because the info required to build market cap and unweighted indexes was not easily available and updatable. And the Dow Series then was more complete, because the few stocks and shares they protected were a higher percentage of the relatively few big stocks traded. Dow was an innovator, foreseeing what wasn’t yet there. Several lessons can be extrapolated from Dow’s life. First, is the need for news and information.

Second, the importance of perspective — something this writer feels is more and more lost in a global that now sometimes seems too bombarded with news, opinions, and press. And lastly — the need for foresight and the ability to see what wasn’t yet on the market, and would make a difference to the future. If of being 100 Minds That Made The Market instead, this written book was focused on only a dozen names, Dow would be one of these still.