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The stock market plays a significant role in the health of the economy the economy has to be strong for a country and its citizens to prosper In 1929 over a period of two weeks 30 billion dollars disappeared from the US economy this was the event that started the greatest period of human hardship of the twentieth century known as the great depression On October 191987 the Dow Jones industrial average plunged almost a third of its value Many investors went completely bankrupt after one day of trading Both of these crashes came without warning in booming markets are the currently booming markets heading for a collapse The current market resembles both 1929 and1987 markets but there is a smaller possibility for collapse Hostile takeover bids and blockbuster mergers are in the news daily corporations are reporting record profits a second term American president is taking credit for a strong economy 2000 or 1987 This sounds like a report on todays economy but it is not The current market resembles that of 1987 greatly so is the market heading for a collapse No not for the same reasons as the 1987 market In 1987 interest rates rose the return on a 30 year government bond rose from 7 to more than 10 between January and October Historically a rise in interest rates drives the stock prices down in 87 the market ignored the rise in interest rates and kept growing setting the stage for a crash Inflation was 4 and growing the US Dollar was falling Today the US dollar is stronger than it has been in years and inflation that is 25 and falling also the shrinking national dept should keep interest rates steady The current market has learned lessons from the 87 crash a rise in interest rates is quickly echoed by a fall in stock prices and market psychology has changed with brokerages telling their clients to keep less than half
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