What If The Stock Market Crashed Tomorrow?


They called it tulip mania. Every Dutch man, woman and child wanted one,
and wanted one badly. They traded anything and everything for just
one exotic plant. The frenzy continued from 1634 to 1637; however,
it would not last. Interest eventually declined, and with it,
the flower’s value. Many who had invested in tulip stock soon
found themselves penniless, sending the economy into a years-long depression. As the Dutch can attest, stock market crashes
are nothing new. However, their causes and effects can vary. There have been four major stock market crashes
so far in America’s history. The first of these was the crash of 1929. It was preceded by the booming economy of
the ‘20s when everyone was snatching up fancy homes and trendy automobiles and those
playing the market were borrowing obscene amounts of money. Due to these conditions, markets soared, reaching
their highest point in August of 1929. But even then, there were hints of an impending
catastrophe. Production had begun to taper off, unemployment
levels were on the rise, and widespread debt along with countless loans combined in a recipe
for disaster. October 29, 1929 became known as Black Tuesday. It was a day of widespread panic. Investors traded millions of shares, resulting
in a loss of billions and the bankruptcy of many. Its aftermath pushed an already faltering
America head-first into the worst known economic fallout of its time. Thus, began the Great Depression. Its effects were devastating; by 1932 stocks
had fallen 89% and had all but completely lost their value. By 1933 30% of the population was unemployed,
leaving 15 million struggling to survive. Thanks to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
and the jobs created by the second World War, the economy eventually recovered. However, the Depression had lasted more than
a decade. The Second notable crash was in 1987, again
in October and was dubbed Black Monday the 2nd. It was caused in many of the same ways as
its namesake with a new contributing factor: technology. On October 19, 1987, as investors began to
frantically sell their stock, they were able to do so at unprecedented rates thanks to
the use of computers. When all was said and done, the market had
sunk 23% in a single day. It was the biggest drop in stock market history. Overall, the market had lost a trillion dollars. To put this into perspective, the market was
out $14 billion in 1929. However, unlike the earlier crash, the economy
of 1987 recovered quickly when the Federal Reserve intervened. Technology was again a culprit in the third
major stock market crash of 1999 to 2000. As indicated by its name, this crash was much
longer than a one-day affair. Problems began with the rise of the dot.com
market and technological giants such as Globe.com, GeoCities, and AOL in the ‘90s. Stocks in these companies initially soared,
far surpassing their true value, only to be sold off by investors and plummet to all-time
lows. Globe.com shares, though offered at $9, were
bought up at $87 on opening day; 2 years later they were purchased for less than one dollar. It was not the only tech giant effected; investors
were in a hurry to sell any and all related stock. As a consequence, the Nasdaq would fall from
5,000 to 1,000 in the span of a year. After this crash investors learned to critique
tech company stability and exercise more caution when making a purchase. Last but not least was the crash of 2008,
leading to a recession and just narrowly avoiding a full-on collapse. This time problems arose beginning in 2006
with a decline in housing prices and an increase in homeowners unable to pay their mortgage. This resulted in the bankruptcy of several
financial institutions. In this instance, Congress intervened with
bail-outs for select banks and by manipulating interest rates so they stabilized around zero
percent. Two years later, the stock market began to
make a recovery, though it did so slowly. As evidenced by history, crashes can occur
in a day or over the span of a year. Their recovery can be quick or draw out for
a decade. The reason for recovery varies as well. So, what does all of this tell us to expect
if, say, the market were to crash tomorrow? Truth be told, we should expect that history
would not repeat itself exactly. The chance of collapse should not only be
less likely, but its’ effects less severe as well. The reason for this is that there are now
safeguards in place to prevent disasters on the same scale as in the past. A key to prevention was and still is panic. It all starts when people feel less uncertain
about the market, due to any of several reasons, and sell their stock. In normal circumstances, this has no great
effect as it will be bought up by someone else who has more confidence. However, as was described by each of the four
historical crashes, there was a profound absence of any faith in the system at all. In other words, there were only sellers, and
once sold, no buyers to restore balance. In these instances, the first nervous few
soon led to more and more nervous individuals, resulting in a free-for-all dump of any and
all shares. When this trend continues it has devastating
consequences, as in the crash of 1929, when stock lost almost all of its value and the
economy tanked for years. America has analyzed these past events and
learned from its mistakes. Now, when the Dow drops by 10% before 2 in
the afternoon, trading stops for an hour. If the Dow drops by 20% by that same time,
trading stops for two hours. Trading ends for the day if the Dow declines
by 30%. This is meant to prevent wide-spread panic
and emotion-based trading. Further, if the case of a major national tragedy
or other similar event, markets may not open at all. In these situations, it is easy for many to
make rash, unwise decisions that are difficult if not impossible to recover from. However, although these new procedures are
without a doubt beneficial, another large crash is possible. If somehow this were still to happen, it would
affect many people from every walk of life. Companies without an income from stock would
make cuts where they could. Unnecessary expansion and further development
would be on hold. Businesses would also try to save which could
lead to cuts in the workforce. Unemployment numbers would rise. Those hoping to retire might find that the
worth of their 401 (k) has declined and they must work longer than expected. However, as is evidenced by history, even
the most devastating declines don’t last. Eventually, there is a recovery, although
it may be slower than many would wish. Bottomed out stock prices have nowhere to
go but up. For this reason, those who hold on to their
stocks and resist the urge to sell will be pleasantly surprised as they recover their
losses. Riding the tide and remaining calm is imperative
when it comes to the stock market. It will also prevent things from getting worse
and make the road to recovery possible. So, what do you think, is it likely that the
market will completely crash again? And if it did, should we panic? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called What if USA paid off its debt! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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100 thoughts on “What If The Stock Market Crashed Tomorrow?

  1. If the market crashes, I would sell most of my stuff, invest all my money, live on the bare minimum for a fe years and hopefully be a happy man afterwards.

  2. Ad when I open the video “if it were easy to make money in the stock market, everyone would do it”. Thought that was a strange coincidence.

  3. The last part about holding on is irrelevant. That’s because It didn’t address the fact that many people are on leveraged positions. You can’t hold on to those and must sell at the stop lost price.

    Over leveraged loans also have a domino effects on banks when everyone loses their job or when the economy tanks.

  4. A market crash is a brilliant opportunity to make a larger sum of money. 😉
    Basically it's a heaven for traders.😁

  5. Bring on the collapse… We need a reset.. The entitled people we have today wouldn't last 3 months on their on without the phones and people doing stuff for them… 🙂

  6. The economey didn't recover pre 2008 under Obama btw it didn't get to that level until troops first 2 weeks….

  7. based solely on the amount of empty houses I saw delivering construction materials to brand-new subdivisions? We're DEFINATELY gonna have another crash, the real-estate business is essentially trying to force people to upsell into a bigger house whether they can afford it or not.

  8. This has completely ignored the fact that the majority of trading volume now is computers and not humans. Flash crashes have become MORE common and MORE likely due to this.

  9. Big banks and wall Street will just ask for another bailout without strings attached from the govt just like last time would be the right answer

  10. I mean the stock market crash and my birthday are on the same day and my brother was born on the day when the Great Recession started.

  11. What's being done about Government making things worse by getting involved? (Example- FDR s New Deal and 2008s bailout).

  12. An ancient wolrd there was no stock market. People also trade those days. I hate stock Business.. Its a lie and false thing.

  13. you guys uploading too many videos recently…
    it's hard to catch up with your videos..

    one every two weeks is too many, man…
    just go back to your old schedule of one video every month..

  14. As an expert in the field, ASU 2016-1 is the scariest thing that will happen to the stock market. The effects of this will multiply a stock market crash and create a major dominoe effect.

  15. My guess is the market will never drop more than 50% ever again. Recessions are a normal market activity that tend to follow debt cycles, so an occasional drop of 20-30% is to be expected. Some time either this year or next year will bring one of these Recession type dips, and will last one to two years at max. After that it will continue its upward trend as profits begin to feel the effects of the AI revolution, and we will enter into a new era of unprecedented growth.

  16. This video is too simplified. The stock market rarely affects the economy the relationship is usually inverse. You can't stop a market crash no matter how many times you close the stock market. You have to suffer and take the hit. The stock market is just sentiment on confidence in the economy and corporate earnings, when the stock market tanks the economy doesn't go Into recession. The stock market crashes are more of a symptom rather than a cause of recessions.

  17. Bitcoin had threatened to crash our markets, I am thankful the government put a stopgap on immature teenagers from investing on invisible money.

  18. Id run take out loans so I could buy stocks. As a investor ive notice a stocks price can drop and it has nothing to do with the fundamentals of future growth or revenue of a company changing.

  19. Too many circuit breakers in place today that would switch on and stop trading to keep the market from crashing.

    So a sudden crash? No. Won’t happen these days. Long periods of hard corrections? Sure. Absolutely would happen.

  20. From experience, (not into U.S Politics but I understand it), Trump supporters should pray for current economic boom and Anti- Trumpers should Pray for a recession. That’s how the 2020 election will go

  21. What would happen to the USAs economy after the wall street crash and if WW2 never happened

  22. The stock market scam is still legal? The stock market is still a thing? WOW people just do not learn do they? The love of your money is the root of all your evil.

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