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Stock Market Crash October 2015? 9 Of The 16 Largest Crashes In History Have Come This Month

October 6th, 2015

stock market tapeThe worst stock market crashes in U.S. history have come during the month of October.  There is just something about this time of the year that seems to be conducive to financial panic. 

For example, on October 28th, 1929 the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time helped usher in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

And the largest percentage crash in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average by a very wide margin happened on October 19th, 1987.

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Overall, 9 of the 16 largest single day percentage crashes that we have ever seen happened during the month of October.

Of course that does not mean that something will happen this October, but after what we just witnessed in September we should all be on alert.

Crash Warning Danger Sign

Clearly, there is a tremendous amount of momentum toward the downside right now.  As you can see from the chart below, all of the gains for the Dow since the end of the 2013 calendar year have already been wiped out…

Dow Jones Industrial Average October 2015

And as I wrote about just the other day, last quarter we witnessed the loss of 11 trillion dollars in “paper wealth” on stock markets all over the planet.  The following comes from Justin Spittler

The S&P 500 fell 8%… and so did the Dow and the NASDAQ. It was the worst quarter for U.S. stocks since 2011.

Stocks around the world dropped too. The MSCI All-Country World Index, which tracks 85% of global stocks, also had its worst quarter since 2011. The STOXX Europe 600 Index, which tracks 600 of Europe’s largest companies, fell 10%. It was the worst quarter for European stocks since 2011 as well.

China’s Shanghai Composite fell 28% last quarter, its largest quarterly decline in seven years. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 19%. It was the worst quarterly decline for emerging market stocks in four years.

In total, last quarter’s selloff erased nearly $11 trillion in value from stocks around the world.

Sadly, the mainstream media is assuring everyone that things are going to be just fine, and a lot of people on the Internet seem to have the attitude that “nothing is happening“.  Just like in 1929, a brief period of stabilization after the initial fall has lulled many into a false sense of security.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

Just as in 1929, the market was performing fantastic and the continuous wealth increase seemed to be unstoppable. A short 10% correction was seen as ‘healthy’ and soon a new uptrend was starting (the green line). This is exactly the same scenario we saw in the past few weeks. Market commentators said the 10% drop in the Dow Jones was a ‘healthy correction’ and we’re on our way to the next uptrend and Christmas rally.

The longer that the financial markets can hold together, the longer all of our lives can stay quiet, peaceful and “normal”.  Once the chaos begins, all of our lives will change dramatically.  No matter how much any of us have prepared, what is coming is going to deeply affect all of us at least to a certain degree.

It would be far better for me, my extended family and my friends if I am wrong about an imminent financial collapse.  Most of the people that I personally know are not even close to ready for what is coming.  And during the coming credit crunch it is inevitable that people that I personally know will lose jobs and suffer business setbacks.

Sadly, the truth is that life in America is never going to be any better than it is right now.  At some point, this stock market bubble will fully implode.  At some point, our debt-fueled prosperity will disappear.  At some point, the extraordinary recklessness of the big banks will catch up with them in a major way.

As we witnessed in 2008, our financial system is not designed to handle a severe bear market.  We should have learned some very hard lessons from the last time around, but we didn’t. 

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  1. grif
    October 30th, 2015 at 16:57 | #1

    I have been trading in the market heavy since 2009. Using options to extend my profits I have averaged 20 percent a year for the year up-to 2014. However in December 2014 i noticed my monthly gain was not as much as usual. I Continued to struggle to make profits through June of 2014. We are now in October and for the first time in 6 years my gain for the year on my portfolio will be less then 2%. I agree. The bigg correction is coming.

  2. normxxx
    October 13th, 2015 at 08:56 | #2

    Not this year- probably next October; ‘though I expect one more downdraft before a rip roaring end of the year. There is altogether too much pessimism for the beginning of a Bear market. But, after a new upsurge, everybody should be thinking we have passed the Bear and be happily back into stocks by next October.

  3. Bill
    October 7th, 2015 at 15:44 | #3

    Hahoooom! The sound that is made when a giant wave crushes you on the paddle out throug e breakers…The biggest days have the calmest lul, then your caught under a monster.
    Wealth disparity, wage disparity, fed cant adjust, credit extended to max, debt unbelievable, deflation of dollar, housing killing ability to spend….Everything you see is on credit not real wealth. Were heading off a cliff and nobody can face it, they see it, but are in such denial that not even the media outlets will dare broadcast negative information about the economy. The entire market is perpetrated through lies and number manipulation.

  4. KevBot
    October 7th, 2015 at 00:06 | #4

    I think you’re right, a crash is inevitable at this point. It’s just a matter of when. I feel as if something big could happen before the turn to 2016. But who knows? It’s really out of our hands and all we can do is wait an see what happens.

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