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By Harold Bierman Jr.

Two times within the final century the customarily stalwart economic climate of usa has crumbled—first in 1929, whilst the inventory industry crash that ended in the nice melancholy hit, and back with the monetary marketplace meltdown of 2008-2009 that continues to be crippling a lot of the US. whereas it truly is nonetheless too quickly to kingdom unequivocally how this most modern financial catastrophe took place, it really is attainable to theorize that a lot of what has occurred might have been foreseen or even avoided—just because it might have been in 1929. This booklet properly describes the commercial events within the usa earlier than the 1929 and 2008-2009 inventory marketplace crashes, and punctiliously examines the factors of either monetary crises. This complete overview of either time sessions permits readers to higher snatch the current industry scenario, comprehend the relationship among the explosion of the sub-prime loan marketplace and the present kingdom of the economic climate, and extra properly forecast the longer term.

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In the first nine months of 1929, a total of 1,436 firms announced increased dividends (Forbes, October 15, 1925, p. 95). In 1928, only 955 announced an increase. 2. 4 billion in 1928 (a 29 percent increase). 3. In September 1929, dividends were $399 million compared with $278 million in 1928, an increase of 44percent. 4. The dividend payout was 64percent in September 1929, compared with 75 percent for September 1928, reflecting increased earnings. 5. 4 percent increase versus 1928 for the first six months (National City Bank of New York Newsletter, August 1929).

IÊm going too. . 19 Given that the first major stock market decline occurred in October 1929 and the act passed in 1930, it is difficult to conclude that this act was a major contributing factor to the October stock price declines (there had been considerable hope that the president would veto the bill), but it probably did contribute to the subsequent stock price declines and the Great Depression. One hypothesis is that the stock market was not excessively high in 1929 but that there were effective efforts by the Federal Reserve Board, Congress, and the president of the United States to bring the stock market speculators to their knees.

The lessons for investors and students of history are important. Although I cannot prove that I know the exact specific causes of the crash, I present some reasonable evidence supporting my hypotheses. A CATALOGUE OF EIGHT CAUSES Consider the eight „suspects‰ that may or may not have caused the crash. The identified possible causes include the following: 1. The stock market was too high in September 1929 (values did not justify the prices) because of excessive speculation, making the crash inevitable.

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