Re: [Seattle-Anarcho-Capitalism] Stocks v. Gold

 From: user 1. Sent on: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 6:17 PM
The interesting thing is that GLD isn't *quite* flat... its got a slightly negative slope, probably an indication of expenses...

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Andy Cleary <[address removed]> wrote:
BTW, it's comforting that the blue line for GLD is horizontal... we'll call that our QA check. ;-)

http://reality-test.appspot.com/stock-gold?q=GLD

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Dr Andrew J Cleary <[address removed]> wrote:
Cool!

But a couple of clarifications:

The divergence between the two lines is just the price of gold in USD, right? IOW, the divergence will be the same for all stocks, right?

And what is the Y-axis units? E.g., the current value for AAPL on the blue line is about .2: does that mean that apple has increased in value about 20% more than gold?

And: I can only see the x axis from around 1998 and up (actually, it depends on the company): how do I make it show me back to 92?

It's kind of brutal to see how some of the stocks that we think have kicked ass haven't really (and how others that seem to have held constant value have actually tanked). My investment guy is sad. :-(

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Matt <[address removed]> wrote:
I wrote a rough application to chart how a stock is doing denominated in gold (instead of the typical USD).

Here's the URL to play with:

Just replace 'APPL' in the url with the stock you want to look at. If it's an invalid symbol you get an error.

There are two lines.
The first one (blue) divides the stock price on a given day by the gold price on that same day.
The second line (red) is to give a comparison to how to stock looks when denominated in USD. In order to get them on the same scale (so I'm not trying to display the values 0.5 and 900 on the same chart), I divide the stock price by the price of gold on the first day of the chart, but then make no further adjustments. This means the two lines touch at the start and then diverge based on the relative performance of the stock in USD vs. Gold.

The app will not retrieve data before 1992 or after 8/1/2011 since that's the range of data I have for gold prices.

Check it out!

Matt J

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