Chart of the Week: How has the composition of the stock market changed in the last 120 years?

Feb 26, 2019
Chart of the Week, Stocks

Great graphic that displays the economic transformation that has occurred since 1900 based on the industry composition of the stock market. 

From Visual Capitalist



  • What industry has seen the most dramatic decline since 1900? Can you explain the change in that industry? 
  • Which industry has seen the largest increase (and didn't even exist in 1900)? 
  • What do you think this chart would look like in 2100? Explain your reasoning.


NGPF's Data Crunch resource hones your students' analytical skills. 


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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.