written by reader Obtaining stock/bond/commodity historical data

By steveg, February 9, 2016

Newb here. I have been following Travis for a while now and to be really frank he has become one of my valuable advisors while demystifying so much of the noise available generally to non-professionals.

I have been building out a small portfolio that is meant to follow a bear market. Its a mix of futures, mutual funds, and stocks. I use it to keep the pulse on the markets generally and it now performs exactly like I want it to. It earns/loses in an inverse relationship to Nasdaq, S&P500, and the Dow Jones. When they go down, it goes up.

The next thing I want to do is research sectors, companies, and industries that 1) get crushed by recessions, but survive and return to high values, and 2) actually thrive in recessions. #2 is a bridge to buying more of #1 before the end of any looming recession.

I can’t seem to get much more than about 3 years worth of market data on anything, and have noticed that for some investment classes it might even be as short as one year.

Are there any reasonable sources for obtaining this data? Short of spending thousands of dollars a year?

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

Thanks! I’ve been using YCharts for most of my longer-term data needs of late, kind of like a junior junior junior Bloomberg terminal, but it’s only free for a limited amount of what they offer (I do pay for it, not cheap but way cheaper than Bloomberg or CapitalIQ). Perhaps other folks will have some free ideas for you.

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