Everyone, or at least nearly everyone is familiar with the old saying that "those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it." Like many cliches, that one happens to be dead on target, true and as valid today as it has been throughout history.
More to the point, if you've always made money in the stock market, you probably wouldn't mind that history repeating itself one bit. For other investors, the ones who haven't been 100 percent successful, learning from history can be a major help in avoiding the stock buying pitfalls that tripped them up in the past. And the past way to learn from history to improve your investing batting average is to study historical daily stock quotes for issues you may be interested in .
The begin to leverage the power of daily historical stock quotes, it's important to first define what you mean by history. In some cases you can find all the information you need to properly evaluate a stock's past perform in a simple 12-month chart. Other companies might require hunting down and studying daily stock quotes going back ten, 20 or even 50 years.
Fortunately, the internet has transformed what used to be an almost impossibly daunting task even to those with access to a major library filled with yellowing bound volumes of decades-old financial and daily newspapers. These days you can acquire much historical stock price data right through your browser from anyone of a dozen or more financial service websites. For more detailed, granular information spanning the ages you can access special software, much of it free, to download the data to your computer and present it to you in a variety of forms ranging from pure text, to simple graphs, to detailed, multicolor graphs.
One of the most comprehensive sources of historical daily stock quotes is offered by Norgate Investor Services. With well over 60 million daily price quotes available, the Norgate database tracks more than 20,000 delisted securities and over 13,000 listed securities on NASDAQ, NYSE, NYSE Amex, NYSE Arca and OTC back almost 70 years.