The world’s data is growing exponentially. By 2020 the global
‘dataverse’ will reach 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) —
the amount needed to digitize all human speech throughout history.
The New York Stock Exchange gives us a glimpse into this growth,
with each listed share requiring at least ten associated data series.

In today’s financial ecosystem, a seemingly isolated event can ripple
across geographies and economies for years — even decades.
In the US, the companies tracked by the S&P indices connect to virtually
every major industry worldwide. Over time we can see trends in growth,
highlighting key events in history and the interconnected nature of industries.

Growth is a matter of survival. Adapt or die. Like a single cell evolving into
a higher life form, the financial system gets more sophisticated every day.
Industries change, divide and multiply in the pursuit of opportunity and progress.
In the US, the S&P 500 shows the effects of natural selection on markets.

Today, emerging economies are playing a larger role on the world stage.
The greater diversity of players brings increased opportunity.
While the US goods flow has doubled since the 1970s, it’s dwarfed
by the five-fold explosion of international portfolio flows.

About the data

Historical market data provided by Global Financial Data, Inc.

2020 global data volume projections sourced from Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things by International Data Corporation | April 2017

Historical estimates for digitizing all human speech sourced from After Digital: Computation as Done by Brains and Machines by James A. Anderson, Oxford University Press | 2017

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