|How significant is this bear market? It all depends on how you measure. When measured in US dollars, the Dow currently trades 44% off its October 2007 record high. However, when measured with that other world currency (gold), the bear market is much more significant. To help illustrate the point, today's chart presents the Dow divided by the price of one ounce of gold. This results in what is referred to as the Dow / gold ratio or the cost of the Dow in ounces of gold. For example, it currently takes 8.4 ounces of gold to “buy the Dow.” This is considerably less that the 44.8 ounces it took back in 1999. When priced in gold, the Dow from 1999 to today is down 81%!Notes:
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