Understanding charts

  1. Select an instrument

    This is a two-step process:

    - use first drop-down to narrow down two lists next to it;

    - then find an instrument by its symbol or title: start typing instrument's symbol (symbols match Yahoo Finance) or title in the corresponding drop-down, or scroll through the list and pick it.

    If some instrument is not in the list – it's not covered by the site yet. Please contact us and we will add it.

  2. Select money for the second line

    Chart has two lines:

    - first line is always represents the price of selected instrument in USD. If instrument is traded in different currency, i.e. if traded on non-US exchange, it will be recalculated to USD.
    The underlying idea is that all prices should be quoted in one and same currency in order to make it possible to compare them;

    - second line represents price of the same instrument in real Dollars (adjusted to inflation), or expressed in gold or other commodity. Price recalculated to gold is a “virtual Gold Standard” - how quotes would look if gold were used as a currency.
    The same logic applies to all other commodities from the list.

  3. Select price adjustment

    - “no adjustment”: lines are displayed independently and have their own price axes.

    - “start from one point”: data is recalculated to represent different amounts of money invested. Note that “dollar” line represents one share, and “gold” line represents 341.84 shares. Difference in principal should be ignored since we are interested in % change only.

  4. Click “Get Chart” button.