Gold's Buying Power

From Chart of the Day:

How is the stock market performing?
It all depends on how you measure. 
When measured in US dollars, the Dow currently trades approximately 28% below its all-time record high.
However, when measured with that other world currency (gold), the picture is even more bleak.
To help illustrate the point, today's chart presents the Dow divided by the price of one ounce of gold. This results in what is referred to as the Dow / gold ratio or the cost of the Dow in ounces of gold.
For example, it currently takes 8.5 ounces of gold to "buy the Dow." This is considerably less that the 44.8 ounces back in the year 1999.
When priced in gold, the US stock market has been in a severe bear market for the entire 21st century.

Quote of the Day
"Nothing beats a little cash in a bear market, of course, and the oldest form of cash is gold." - James Grant