When there is snow on the ground, you can’t see the bulbs that will bloom in the spring. But you’ve seen the flowers before and know that they will bloom again.
While 2008 began with falling home prices, rising energy costs and unemployment, few could have predicted the severity of the financial crisis that would unfold as a result of the over-investment in housing and creative financing that took place over the last several years.
News items from the 1974 recession are strikingly similar to today’s headlines. So we thought it would be helpful to take a look at stock market results for the 10 years before the depths of that recession, and 10 years following.
We are in the midst of the worst crisis of confidence in our financial system since the 1930s. In a very real sense, currency is based upon trust between people, so this means that we are not trusting each other. The fault and blame is clearly not limited to any one group.