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Market Corrections - 10 Worst

Discussion in 'Business, Investment and Economics' started by SevenFX, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. SevenFX


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    Aug 20, 2006
    From Dustin Woodard,


    10th Worst Stock Market Crash:

    2000 to 2002 Stock Market Crash
    1932 - 1933 Stock Market Crash:
    The 10th worst market crash barely edged out the 1932 stock market crash as the 10th worst crash in U.S. stock market history. Being the most recent crash, it is the easiest for us to remember.
    This crash required the longest recovery time of all crashes in this list. The combination of the tech bubble bursting and the September 11th terrorist attack served a deadly blow to the stock market, but relative to markets past, this was a minor one.

    Date Started: 1/15/2000
    Date Ended: 10/9/2002
    Total Days: 999
    Starting DJIA: 11,792.98
    Ending DJIA: 7,286.27
    Total Loss: -37.8%

    9th Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1916 - 1917 Stock Market Crash
    1916 - 1917 Stock Market Crash:
    If the 1930s sounded like a long time ago, well to find the 9th worst market crash, I had to go back to the WWI era.
    As you will see, this market suffered about a 40% loss. It's difficult to break even after a 40% loss. On a $1,000 investment, your portfolio went down to $600. To get back to $1,000, it would have to go up 66.7%!

    Date Started: 11/21/1916
    Date Ended: 12/19/1917
    Total Days: 393
    Starting DJIA: 110.15
    Ending DJIA: 65.95
    Total Loss: -40.1%

    8th Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1939 to 1942 Stock Market Crash
    1939 to 1942 Stock Market Crash:
    Although this stock market crash only took the 8th spot, it was one of the most grueling. It took nearly 3 years to recover from this crash! With WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor, the markets had a very tough time.

    Date Started: 9/12/1939
    Date Ended: 4/28/1942
    Total Days: 959
    Starting DJIA: 155.92
    Ending DJIA: 92.92
    Total Loss: -40.4%

    7th Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1973 - 1974 Stock Market Crash
    1973 - 1974 Stock Market Crash:
    Another long market crash -one that many people still remember (think Vietnam and the Watergate scandal). This crash lasted for 694 days before bottoming out.

    Date Started: 1/11/1973
    Date Ended: 12/06/1974

    Total Days: 694
    Starting DJIA: 1051.70
    Ending DJIA: 577.60
    Total Loss: -45.1%

    6th Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1901 - 1903 Stock Market Crash
    1901 - 1903 Stock Market Crash:
    This is the oldest crash to make the list (DJIA records are not available before 1900). To give you a perspective of what things were like during this time, take a look at these facts:
    Life expectancy in the U.S. was 47
    Only 14% of homes had a bathtub
    Maximum speed limit in most cities was 10mph
    Average wage was 22 cents and hour - avg salary/year was about $300
    More than 95% of all births took place at home
    Only 6% of the population had graduated from High School
    The #1 cause of death was Pneumonia and Influenza
    The American flag had 45 stars

    Date Started: 6/17/1901
    Date Ended: 11/9/1903

    Total Days: 875
    Starting DJIA: 57.33
    Ending DJIA: 30.88
    Total Loss: -46.1%

    The 5th worst stock market crash:

    1919 - 1921 Stock Market Crash
    1919 - 1921 Stock Market Crash:
    This crash followed a post war boom (Stock prices rose 51%). After the crash bottomed out in August of 1921, this decade saw tremendous growth in the stock market and the economy (often called the roaring twenties).

    Date Started: 11/3/1919
    Date Ended: 8/24/1921

    Total Days: 660
    Starting DJIA: 119.62
    Ending DJIA: 63.9
    Total Loss: -46.6%

    4th Worst Stock Market Crash :

    1929 Stock Market Crash
    The 4th worst stock market crash in U.S. History:
    Although this is the shortest market crash observed, it was a deadly one. Investors saw almost half their money disappear in just two months. Often this crash is the worst in most people's minds.
    This crash kicked off what we now know as the "Great Depression." You can read more about this crash by visiting my This crash kicked off what we now know as the "Great Depression." To learn more about the crash, be sure to visit my 1929 crash resources.

    Date Started: 9/3/1929
    Date Ended: 11/13/1929

    Total Days: 71
    Starting DJIA: 381.17
    Ending DJIA: 198.69
    Total Loss: -47.9%

    3rd Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1906 - 1907 Stock Market Crash
    1906 - 1907 Stock Market Crash:
    This crash was called the "Panic of 1907." The U.S. Treasury department bought 36 million dollars worth of government bonds to offset the decline (and remember, $36 million translates to a much bigger number in today's dollars).

    Date Started: 1/19/1906
    Date Ended: 11/15/1907

    Total Days: 665
    Starting DJIA: 75.45
    Ending DJIA: 38.83
    Total Loss: -48.5%

    2nd Worst Stock Market Crash:

    1937 - 1938 Stock Market Crash
    1937 - 1938 Stock Market Crash:
    Just when investors thought the market was finally good again, following a recovery of almost half of the great depression losses, the market plunged again due to war scare and Wall street scandals.

    Date Started: 3/10/1937
    Date Ended: 3/31/1938

    Total Days: 386
    Starting DJIA: 194.40
    Ending DJIA: 98.95
    Total Loss: -49.1%

    Worst Stock Market Crash Ever:

    1932 Stock Market Crash
    1932 Stock Market Crash:
    This is the grand daddy of them all. Investors lost 86% of their money over this 813 day beast. This market crash combined with the 1929 crash, makes up the great depression.
    If you had $1000 on 9/3/1929 (beginning of the 4th worst crash, it would have gone down to a whopping $108.14 by July 8th, 1932 (end of the worst crash) or an 89.2% loss. To recover from a loss like that, you would have to watch your portfolio go up 825%! The full recovery didn't take place until 1954, 22 years later!

    Date Started: 4/17/1930
    Date Ended: 7/8/1932

    Total Days: 813
    Starting DJIA: 294.07
    Ending DJIA: 41.22
    Total Loss: -86.0%
  2. Bronte

    Bronte Trading The SPI for 20+ years

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    Excellent thread / post SevenFX
    Thank you, nice work :)
  3. vishalt


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    Check this page out - gives a beautiful history of the biggest rises/history and original 30 Dow stocks.


    Anyway - those massive crashes happened all in the early days, when proper economic management was still being developed, people are a lot more educated these days and economic management/corporate governance and profits are increasing.

    An exception to that is the tech bubble I guess, when the NASDAQ got smashed from 5000 to 1000 I think?

    Hope nothing that intensely severe happens in this century lol.
  4. brilliantmichael


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    Fascinating thread SevenFX! Kinda puts things in perspective doesn't it? Hey what are we complaining about then? (Well obviously the possibility of crashes on par if not worse may yet come in the future :eek:..... :) )

    Your little history is certainly food for thought.

    Thanks for posting
  5. Awesomandy


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    Just wondering, where would 1987 fit into this scale? From memory, it went down around 40%.
    (The problem is, however, the memory from when I was so young probably isn't the most accurate recollection.)
  6. OK2


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    that is brilliant.

    perhaps a ten best run list one day perhaps?
  7. brilliantmichael


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    That'd be interesting too, but don't the best of the bull runs take a lot longer? And at times they precede crashes.

    Funny how the market takes longer to approach the bull run, but then reflexively snaps back during a correction (kinda like seagulls or birds when you feed them... Timidly coming forward before BOO! they're frightened off haha)

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