Madness

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Published : May 23rd, 2019
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"Everything was not fine that spring with the American economy. It was showing ominous signs of trouble. Steel production was declining. The construction industry was sluggish. Car sales dropped. Customers were getting harder to find. And because of easy credit, many people were deeply in debt. Large sections of the population were poor and getting poorer...

It was this nature of mass illusion. Prices were going up, people bought. That forced prices up further, that brought in more people. And eventually, the process becomes self-perpetuating. Every increase brings in more people convinced of their God-given right to get rich.

At the end of 1929, as they celebrated New Year's Eve, all that lay in the future. Nobody knew that the Great Depression was coming -- unemployment, bread lines, bank failures -- this was unimaginable. But the bubble had burst. Gone was that innocent optimism, the confidence, the illusion of wealth without work. One era had ended. They toasted the coming of the 30s, but somewhere, deep down, they knew the party was over."

PBS American Experience, The Great Crash of 1929

It seems like the markets, and the world, are holding their breath, wondering what comes next.

Stocks finished off slightly.

The Dollar was largely unchanged, as were gold and silver.

Have a pleasant evening.


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The madness of crowds and the illusion of grandeur..eh' Charles !!
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