The Stock Market Crash of 1929

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The United States signaled a new era after the end of World War I. It was an era of hopefulness when many people invested their money that was under the mattresses at home or in the bank into the stock market. People migrated to the prosperous cities with the hopes of finding much better life. In the 1920s, the stock market reputation did not appear to be a risky investment, until 1929.First noticeable in 1925, the stock market prices began to rise as more people invested their money. During 1925 and 1926, the stock prices vacillated but in 1927, it had an upward trend. The stock market boom had started by 1928. The stock market was no longer a long-term investment because the boom changed the investor’s way of thinking (“The Stock Market…show more content…
But, unfortunately, the market started its downward drop few days later. The prices vacillated during September and into October until the final downfall on Black Thursday. Thursday, October 24, 1929, the market prices dropped again.
The majority of people started selling their stocks and brokers sent out margin calls. People throughout the country watched the ticker (stock pricing machine) as the numbers meant their fate. The prices were falling down so quickly that the ticker fell behind. Stunned at the sudden crash, a crowd gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Rumors spread that people were committing suicides, but none of them was true. It was a great relief when the panic decreased later as the day progressed. Large sums of money were invested by group of bankers just to convince others to stop selling their stocks. By the end of the day, people started buying stocks at “bargain prices.” On October 24th, double numbers of shares were sold, breaking the previous record. The stock market fell again four days later. An unexpected drop in the stock prices through a large section of the stock market is called a stock market crash. Usually during high economic periods, become greater than their original value, but if this fades; then the market investors would have to sell their stocks at a lesser value. As the stock prices decline, panic sales can set in causing the market to
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