Wall Street closes out 2008 as worst year since Great Depression

January 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Stock Market News 

Interesting how during this year they kept pushing back the date to determine how bad this year was, 2000’s, early 1990s, early 1980’s, etc… until now we have reached the big enchilada.   Either 2009 will be the year of recovery or they will say 2009 was the worst year…..Ever.  I hope Obama comes in and shows real leadership and stops these bailouts and focuses on getting our market confidence back and getting jobs growing.  No amount of credit will matter if someone can’t pay the monthly bill.  Good luck and I am going to stay hopeful but realistic.


Wall Street closed out its worst year since the Great Depression on Wednesday after an unstoppable credit crisis and a dreadful economic outlook left investors questioning their faith in stock markets.

A string of financial disasters culminating in the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the middle of the night in September precipitated the third biggest percentage loss ever for the Dow industrials and the broad S&P 500.

By November 20, the S&P had hit an 11-year low, destroying more than a decade of returns for many Americans and wiping out memories of record highs reached just 13 months earlier.


“It was plain ugly out there,” said Kurt Brunner, a portfolio manager with Swarthmore Group in Philadelphia.  “All in all, it’s something that I truly hope is once-in-a lifetime thing.”


Nonetheless, U.S. stocks managed to close the year on an up note on Wednesday as fresh efforts to stem the recession from Washington lifted equities for the second consecutive session.


For the year, the Dow fell 33.8 percent, for its bleakest year since 1931; the S&P skidded 38.5 percent; and the Nasdaq posted its worst year ever, with a 40.5 percent drop.


When all was said and done, the S&P 500 found itself $5.02 trillion lighter than it was last year.


The bursting of the housing bubble began a long chain of events culminating in the worst credit crisis in a generation.


A deep mistrust grew between banks while growing doubts among investors about the American banking model crippled financial stocks and yanked a key pillar supporting U.S. equity markets.

Source: Reuters


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