Some folks may think that, after spending the past two years or more warning of a crash, we’d jack it in and jump on the roaring stock market bandwagon. Unsurprisingly, avarice prevailed as some traders speculated in stocks paid for by billions of dollars worth of unsecured checks, causing Kuwait’s stock market to inflate like a balloon and pop in a most analogous manner. The market is not always forgiving, so please don’t attempt to punt the market if you are ignorant.
After the experience of the 1929 crash, stock markets around the world instituted measures to suspend trading in the event of rapid declines, claiming that the measures would prevent such panic sales. By the fall of 1929, the stock market peaked and then plunged, financially-ruining many stock investors (some of whom jumped out of tall city buildings to their deaths).
John Hussman is a former professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan, and the information in his latest weekly market comment is staggering. Nevertheless, the comparison can shed light on the effect of a large and perhaps qualitatively different event compared to the more normal” declining market. By the summer of 1929, it was clear that the economy was contracting and the stock market …
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