I recently noticed that the S&P500 index has recorded daily price entries for over 90 years:


the first recorded day being the 1st December 1927.

I wonder, do other indexes exist which have a comparably long recorded history? If so, which ones?

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    The only thing that I could find was wage and price controls in the ancient world: mises.org/library/wage-and-price-controls-ancient-world . Or the bible does list merchant commodities of Babylon in Revelation. – S Spring Jan 11 '20 at 21:35
  • @SSpring That's pretty cool! :) Though, unfortunately, these indexes don't exist (any more). – Kagaratsch Jan 12 '20 at 1:41

The oldest stock index that’s still calculated and used is the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which was established in 1884.

  • Unfortunately, its historical data only seems to start on 1st October 1928 on yahoo finance: finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EDJT?p=%5EDJT Is there some source that provides daily recorded price data starting from 1884, as is visible in the plot on wikipedia? – Kagaratsch Jan 11 '20 at 18:05

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