Skip to comments.Black Monday: What Happened?
Posted on 10/19/2007 8:56:35 AM PDT by dakine
On Oct. 19, 1987 Black Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508.32 points, or about 22.6%, and closed at 1,738.40. The decline almost doubled the 12.8% loss in the 1929 crash.
By mid-1988, the market had recovered and, in general, the U.S. economy had shrugged off the sharp downturn. In contrast, the U.S. economy nose-dived after the 1929 crash and didnt revive until the nation rearmed to fight World War II.
The difference: Quick action by the Federal Reserve.
Black Monday was the result of a perfect storm of diverse factors, says Irv DeGraw, a finance professor at St. Petersburg College in Florida. The market had enjoyed a big run, but was getting shaky, interest rates were rising, new anti-takeover legislation was pending in Congress and there was a large amount of margin buying. In addition, there were two relatively new computerized trading strategies portfolio insurance and program trading and both were widespread.
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IIRC, often overlooked or not mentioned is that the market closed up for the full year 1987 in spite of Black Monday's decline.
I remember Reagan coming out and saying everything would be fine. He was right. It was one great buying opportunity.
Is there such a thing as “Fed calls?”
Wasn’t some of that event later blamed on the electronic age progress in programed trading and the impact of the increased speed of electronic orders causing a domino effect?
The sow-the-discord media is bringing this up now, because???
20th “anniversary”.... I remember it well...
As I recall, Tuesday morning was the darkest moment. Around lunch-time a judicious large trade in the MMI futures kick-started the cash market in stocks.
Those were some brutal days.
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