Its the Housing Thing, Stupid

October 29, 1929…

The Stock Market crashes, oversold shares plummet in value, margin holders carrying shares with only 10% equity ownership quickly default on margin calls and lose their shares. Those shares are bought back by the companies that issued them at par values.

September 16, 2008…

The Stock Market crashes, oversold housing plummets in value, homeowners holding property with 0% equity default on their payments and go into foreclosure. Banks and financial institutions holding those foreclosed properties find themselves unable to re sell those properties at any where near the values of the loans that were issued for them. Like an anchor tied to a drowning man, the financial institutions quickly drown in a sea of bad debt.

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