The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this. 

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You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news.  But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal.  Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume.  Hopefully they are right.  When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on September 29th, 2008 everyone freaked out and rightly so.  But a stock market crash doesn’t have to be limited to a single day.  Since the peak of the market earlier this year, the Dow is down almost three times as much as that 777 point crash back in 2008.  Over the last sixty days, we have seen the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis.  You would think that this would be enough to wake people up, but most Americans still don’t seem very alarmed.  And of course what has happened to U.S. stocks so far is quite mild compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world.

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this.  The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days…

#1 The United States – The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 2000 points since the peak of the market.  Last month we saw stocks decline by more than 500 points on consecutive trading days for the first time ever, and there has not been this much turmoil in U.S. markets since the fall of 2008.

#2 China – The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 40 percent since hitting a peak earlier this year.  The Chinese economy is steadily slowing down, and we just learned that China’s manufacturing index has hit a 78 month low.

#3 Japan – The Nikkei has experienced extremely violent moves recently, and it is now down more than 3000 points from the peak that was hit earlier in 2015.  The Japanese economy and the Japanese financial system are both basket cases at this point, and it isn’t going to take much to push Japan into a full-blown financial collapse.

#4 Germany – Almost one-fourth of the value of German stocks has already been wiped out, and this crash threatens to get much worse.  The Volkswagen emissions scandal is making headlines all over the globe, and don’t forget to watch for massive trouble at Germany’s biggest bank.

#5 The United Kingdom – British stocks are down about 16 percent from the peak of the market, and the UK economy is definitely on shaky ground.

#6 France – French stocks have declined nearly 18 percent, and it has become exceedingly apparent that France is on the exact same path that Greece has already gone down.

#7 Brazil – Brazil is the epicenter of the South American financial crisis of 2015.  Stocks in Brazil have plunged more than 12,000 points since the peak, and the nation has already officially entered a new recession.

#8 Italy – Watch Italy.  Italian stocks are already down 15 percent, and look for the Italian economy to make very big headlines in the months ahead.

#9 India – Stocks in India have now dropped close to 4000 points, and analysts are deeply concerned about this major exporting nation as global trade continues to contract.

#10 Russia – Even though the price of oil has crashed, Russia is actually doing better than almost everyone else on this list.  Russian stocks have fallen by about 10 percent so far, and if the price of oil stays this low the Russian financial system will continue to suffer.

What we are witnessing now is the continuation of a cycle of financial downturns that has happened every seven years.  The following is a summary of how this cycle has played out over the past 50 years

  • It started in 1966 with a 20 percent stock market crash.
  • Seven years later, the market lost another 45 percent (1973-74).
  • Seven years later was the beginning of the “hard recession” (1980).
  • Seven years later was the Black Monday crash of 1987.
  • Seven years later was the bond market crash of 1994.
  • Seven years later was 9/11 and the 2001 tech bubble collapse.
  • Seven years later was the 2008 global financial collapse.
  • 2015: What’s next?

A lot of people were expecting something “big” to happen on September 14th and were disappointed when nothing happened.

But the truth is that it has never been about looking at any one particular day.  Over the past sixty days we have seen absolutely extraordinary things happen all over the planet, and yet some people are not even paying attention because they did not meet their preconceived notions of how events should play out.

And this is just the beginning.  We haven’t even gotten to the great derivatives crisis that is coming yet.  All of these things are going to take time to fully unfold.

A lot of people that write about “economic collapse” talk about it like it will be some type of “event” that will happen on a day or a week and then we will recover.

Well, that is not what it is going to be like.

You need to be ready to endure a very, very long crisis.  The suffering that is coming to this nation is beyond what most of us could even imagine.

Even now we are seeing early signs of it.  For instance, the mayor of Los Angeles says that the growth of homelessness in his city has gotten so bad that it is now“an emergency”

On Tuesday, Los Angeles officials announced the city’s homelessness problem has become an emergency, and proposed allotting $100 million to help shelter the city’s massive and growing indigent population.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a directive on Monday evening for the city to free up $13 million to help house the estimated 26,000 people who are living on the city’s streets.

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the number of encampments and people living in vehicles has increased by 85% over the last two years alone.

And in recent years we have seen poverty absolutely explode all over the nation.  The “bread lines” of the Great Depression have been replaced with EBT cards, and there is a possibility that a government shutdown in October could “suspend or delay food stamp payments”

A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits at the beginning of October if Congress does not pass legislation to keep government agencies open.

“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” said Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”

In the U.S. alone, there are tens of millions of people that could not survive without the help of the federal government, and more people are falling out of the middle class every single day.

Our economy is already falling apart all around us, and now another great financial crisis has begun.

When will the “nothing is happening” crowd finally wake up?

Hopefully it will be before they are sitting out on the street begging for spare change to feed their family.


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commented 2015-09-29 00:04:27 -0400 · Flag
thechaosdjinn commented

I follow this blog because, as an educated consumer, I use reason to both deduct and infer truth from a very complex reality; one based on identifying known facts as we agree they exist as well as validating stochastic phenomena that, in their totality, make up our reality.
With that being said, Michael’s prognostications are coming from a vantage point that is both linear and cyclical, hard facts and stochastic phenomena converging and diverging intuitively producing a more-holistic viewpoint of our social, economic and political reality. Those three words represent reality in a much more qualitative fashion; qualia derived from processes in constant state of flux.
The flux this blog reflects has identified a trajectory for our social, economic and political structure that is bleak. Not because the author wants it painted that way, but because what tied our previous reality together is unraveling at the seams.
Our economy has been floated on margin debt issued by the Fed in order to contain the core instability of the ‘real’ economy. It is that real economy, the one you and I as consumers face daily, rife with inflation, layoffs, and a host of other symptoms that exist because the core tenets of capitalism have started to dissolve. What is left of the different sectors that comprise our overall economy are but a shadow of their former selves. Farming has been consolidated, manufacturing has been gutted and shipped off-shore, service has been downsized to essential personnel only and education has been shaken to its core.
I say this from the vantage point of someone that has worked in higher education for 20 years and who sees first hand the changes that have occurred in this sector. Higher education is usually counter-cyclical to the economy…enrollments decline when jobs are plenty, and enrollments increase when jobs are declining. Since 2008, all components of higher education, save the Ivy League schools, are being impacted negatively in enrollment trends; this is occurring counter-intuitively to the reduction in workforce we have seen. College educated still have the advantage of having less unemployment than non-degree holding citizens (2.8% overall), but the decline in new students shows that not even a move forward with education is a valuable proposition for many because the jobs are diminishing EVEN for educated sectors of the economy.
So what does this say about the overall health of our system? It means that we are at a precipice in history wherein our technology, population growth, mismatch of willing-to-capable workforce, and core debt increase and consumption decline juxtaposed against required inflation for profit margin have all created the perfect storm to collapse a very complex system.
So, for those who are berating the author of this blog for fear-mongering, please, read what I just wrote above and try, with your scope of understanding of this complex system, to ascertain where this is all headed.
If the author of this blog were to write sunshine and rainbows about job creation, fiscal responsibility of all members of society supporting their citizenry, and healthy sectors throughout all facets of what keeps this machine running, then I would be berating him for his delusions of grandeur about the system in which we live.
Conversely, and more accurate realistically, this author is bridging phenomena with his articles across complex divides attempting to define our collective reality. In so doing, he is coming closer to a meta-understanding than those who merely countdown his prognostications as if they were a horoscope. This author is using sound logic and time-worn inference to gauge our trajectory. Unfortunately for millions of us, the sound predictions he is making are something to be scared of. It is not good. If you can prove otherwise, please do so.
There is a tried and true saying in my field of psychotherapy:
“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”