The Causes of the 1929 Stock Market Crash: A Speculative Orgy or a New Era?

By Harold Bierman Jr. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 5
Significant News and Dates in the Month of October 1929

This chapter will review on a sample basis the news that an investor had access to in the month of October and attempt to relate the news to the significant events for that month.

The headlines or headings for the news items that accompany each date were selected because they were the biggest print, the most interesting news, or the most relevant news. The first set of news is always from the front page of the New York Times and the second set from the Times's financial section. For each of the significant market dates news items were extracted for several days preceding the relevant market date and one day after. The objective is to give a feeling for the type of information a reasonably well-informed investor had available. The reader will find useful information for investment decisions to be scarce. Remember, when the relevant market date is X, the relevant paper date will be (X + 1).

The first relevant market date is October 3. This date marked the year's worst break in stock prices (to that date).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - Was the Stock Market Too High? 1
  • Conclusions 17
  • 2 - The Hatry Case and the 1929 Stock Market Crash 19
  • Conclusions 27
  • 3 - The Attempts to Stop the Speculators 29
  • Conclusions 38
  • 4 - The Week of March 25, 1929 41
  • Conclusions 50
  • 5 - Significant News and Dates in the Month of October 1929 51
  • Conclusions 69
  • 6 - Investment Trusts and Margin Buying 71
  • Conclusions 83
  • 7 - The Public Utility Sector 85
  • Conclusions 100
  • 8 - The Accused 103
  • Conclusions 131
  • 9 - An Overview of the Causes of the Crash 133
  • Conclusions 142
  • 10 - The 1929 Market and the 1990s 145
  • Bibliography 153
  • Index 157
  • About the Author 163
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