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

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Feb 26, 2019
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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

 

Questions:

  • 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.

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

 

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