Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Back to 1997 and another financial crisis

Yesterday, the US stock market fell to its lowest level since 1997. Bloomberg reports:

U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a 12-year low, as concern that the deepening recession will erode earnings offset the government’s pledge to give more capital to banks...

The S&P 500 declined 3.5 percent to 743.33, its lowest close since April 1997. The six-day losing streak in the U.S. stock benchmark ranks as its longest since October. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 250.89 points, or 3.4 percent, to 7,114.78, its lowest since May 1997. The Russell 2000 Index lost 4 percent.

Incidentally, 1997 saw the start of the Asian financial crisis. This time around, it's the US and European financial systems that are in crisis.

Meanwhile, Martin Weiss thinks that there's worse to come.

The nation’s largest banks are so close to collapse and the world economy is coming unglued so rapidly, a major Wall Street meltdown is now imminent.

Specifically, it’s now increasingly likely that virtually all of our forecasts of recent months could come to pass in a very short period of time, including …

Stock market crash: A swift plunge in stocks to about 5000 on the Dow, 500 on the S&P 500 and 900 on the Nasdaq … or lower...

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