Data For 1900-1928 Are Based Upon The Mean Of The Monthly High And Low Price Of Five High Grade Bonds. Data For 1929-1937 Are Based Upon A Varying Group Of A1+ Bonds, One Price Monthly Being Used. Data Beginning April 1937 Are Based On The Average Of The Four Or Five Weekly A1+ Indexes. The Yield To Maturity Has Been Used. Missing Data For August-October 1914 Is Due To The Stock Exchange Closing. Source: Standard And Poor'S, Data For 1900-1946: "Long Term Security Price Index Record (Through December 31, 1940)", P. 128;"Security Price Record: 1941 And 1943", P. 13;"Current Statistics Combined With Basic Statistics", 1944-1946. Data For 1947: "Statistics: Security Price Index Record", 1948 Edition, P. 134. Data For 1948-1950: "Current Statistics Combined With Basic Statistics", January Issues Of 1949-1950. Data For 1951-1963: "Current Statistics", February 1952 And Successive Issues.
This NBER data series m13024 appears on the NBER website in Chapter 13 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter13.html.
NBER Indicator: m13024
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Yields of High Grade Railroad Bonds for United States [M13024USM156NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M13024USM156NNBR, February 8, 2016.