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Warm-Up What would you do with $2 million? You invested and got rich…quick! In a paragraph or more, tell me all about your plans. What will you do with 2 million dollars?
THE GREAT DEPRESSION FROM BOOM TO BUST “Brother, can you spare a dime?
Bad News! Did you put your money in the bank? Did you reinvest it? Did you spend it on lavish things? People in the 1920s “BOOM” had to make similar choices, but then had to deal with the consequences.
Buy Now, Pay Later People wanted the new products of the 1920s, but didn’t always have the cash to pay for them Credit developed to allow people to “buy now, pay later” Consumers built up so much debt because they kept trying to buy all the new products. Factories overproduced Consumers couldn’t buy everything
The Stock Market and Credit Speculation: investing in risky businesses in hopes of making a large profit On margin: paying a small percentage of the total price of a stock with the “promise to pay” the rest at a later date It was the equivalent of buying stocks on “credit”
The end of prosperity Black Thursday: October 23, 1929, stock prices dropped, and within hours investors lost more than $5 billion. Black Tuesday: October 29, 1929 people tried to go to the bank and withdraw any/all money they had. Long lines, bank doors were locked, banks had to close as they didn’t have the cash to give out. This was the start of the Great DepressionGreat Depression
The Great Depression Worst and longest economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world lasting until the early 1940s Spread from the US to the rest of the world, impacting all industrial countries. Decline in the production & sale of goods Rise in unemployment Businesses and banks had to close People lost jobs, savings, homes and many depended on charity