Mises Stationarity Index

What is it?

An index presented in the book: The Dao of Capital by Mark Spitznagel.

How is it calculated?

The MS index is the expected return on invested capital (equity) divided by the invested capitals replacement value (net worth), and can be calculated for the U.S. as follows.

msindex total U.S. corporate equity total U.S. corporate net worth Misesian Stationarity Index =

The Z.1 Federal quarterly reports give us the data we need. On table B.103 (Balance Sheet of Nonfinancial Corporate Business) line 40 holds the market value of equities outstanding and line 39 holds the net worth.

These reports only come out each quarter, therefore we want a way to estimate the MS Index in the meantime. We can use the U.S. stock market value (S&P 500 Index) to estimate U.S. corporate equity and the most recent Z1 net worth number to estimate the current U.S. corporate net worth.

The final step requires us to scale the index values by the geometric mean (P.231 Dao of Capital). To do this,

  1. Multiply all index values together
  2. Take the nth root of step 1 (n being the number of index values)
  3. Divide every index value by step 2 (step 2 is the graph's geometric mean)
This gives us the graph seen above.

Data Files

The MS Index data files can be downloaded here

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