Gold vs. The Dow

Gold vs. The Dow

Which has performed better over the past forty-four years: gold or the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

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Gold vs the Dow 1970 – 2017

dow vs gold 1970-2017

Other Snap Shots of the Dow Gold Ratio:

Updated January 4, 2017

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Updated May 6, 2016

May 2015 – May 2016 Gold vs the Dow Performance

The Dow Gold Ratio was at 13.778 to 1 on May 6, 2016.

gold vs the dow may 6 2016

Gold and the Dow have exchanged places a few times from May 2015 – May 2016, with gold pulling away from the Dow in February 2016

Gold vs. The Dow Over the Past Forty-Five Years

In 1933 President Roosevelt signed executive order 6102 that outlawed private ownership of gold by U.S. citizens. That order remained in effect until December 31, 1974. Since then gold has risen from $35 an ounce all the way to $1900 an ounce in 2011 ounce and back down to its current price of about $1170 an ounce. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has gone from 600 in 1974 to its current peak of around 19,900 today.

Gold is an asset that does nothing, yet over the past 45 years it has out performed the DJIA which represents much of the collective commercial efforts and innovations of man for the past few decades.

Here is a chart shows which years from 1970-2012 gold performed better than the DJIA and which years the DJIA out performed gold.(top) The chart also shows the Gold to Dow Ratio from 1970-2012 e.g. how many ounces of gold it took to buy the Dow. (bottom)

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Gold vs. The Dow Charts

Gold vs The Dow 1970 – April 2014

Gold vs. the Dow. Chart showing the relative performances of Gold and the Dow Jones Industrial Averages

Chart shows how many ounces of gold it takes to buy the DJIA from 1970-2012.

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Gold vs. The Dow 1970 – November 2014

chart showing gold vs the dow. Gold has gone down and the dow has risen

The gap between gold and the DJIA has widened since April.

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Gold vs. the Dow 1970 – March 2015

Gold vs the dow 1970-2015

Gold vs. the Dow since 1970

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Gold Charts Courtesy of Nick Laird


Long Term Gold Performance

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dow vs gold since 1970

Gold’s Average Annual Yearly Percentage Price Changes 1970-2012.

Percentage of up years: 64%. Since 1970 gold has gone up 28 years over the past 44 years or 64% of the years.

Longest Gold Winning Streak: 12 years. Gold went up 12 years in a row from 2001-2012. It was down in 2013 and is up the first quarter of 2014.

Longest Gold Losing Streak: Five years. Gold went down five years in a row from 1988-1992.

Largest Annual Gold Gain: 139% (1979)

Largest Annual Gold Loss: 33% (1981)

Forty-Four Year Gold Performance: 3,614% Gold was about $35 an ounce in 1970 and is currently around $1300.

Gold has the longest winning streak among the DJIA and silver. (see also Silver vs. the Dow)

Long Term DJIA Performance

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Chart showing the dow jones industrial averages from 1970 until 2012

The DJIA Average Annual Yearly Percentage Price Changes 1970-2012.

Percentage of up years: 70%. Since 1970 the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone up 31 of the last 44 years or 70% of the years.

Longest DJIA Winning Streak: Nine years. The DJIA went up nine years in a row from 1991-1999. It was up in 2013 and flat in the first quarter of 2014.

Longest DJIA Losing Streak: Three years. The DJIA went down three years in a row from 2000-2002.

Largest Annual DJIA Gain: 38% (1975)

Largest Annual DJIA Loss: 34% (2008)

Forty-four year performance: 2,650%* The DJIA was about 600 in 1970 and is currently around 16,500 today.

The DJIA has been the most consistent performer among gold and silver. (see also Silver vs. The Dow). It’s longest streak of negative returns is just three years in a row. The Dow, however, also has the lowest single year largest annual gain compared to gold and silver.

*does not include any reinvested dividends.

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Further Reading:

Smaulgld Gold Buying Guide

Silver vs. The Dow

Silver vs. the Dollar

Homes Priced in Gold

Gold and Silver Price Manipulation – Suspected

Gold and Silver Manipulation – Actual

Gold vs. the Dollar

12 Ways Silver is Different than Gold

Buying Gold and Silver

The Silver to Gold Sales Ratio (containing links to monthly data from September 2013 – present)


The Silver To Gold Sales Ratio March 2014


Gold and Real Estate Are Not Investments

Think the Fed Destroyed the Dollar?

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