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History's worst financial crashes

How Britain avoided the worst of the Great Depression
Economy

How Britain avoided the worst of the Great Depression

For Britain, the Great Depression really wasn’t especially great, or particularly depressing. John Stepek explains why.
15 Dec 2017
Did one man trigger the Great Depression?
Economy

Did one man trigger the Great Depression?

Some claim that the downfall of Clarence Charles Hatry was the trigger for the Great Depression. John Stepek looks at what actually happened in the Ha…
17 Nov 2017
How America's roaring ’20s paved the way for the Great Depression
Economy

How America's roaring ’20s paved the way for the Great Depression

In the latest in his series on history’s greatest market crashes, John Stepek looks at the Roaring ’20s, and how the US went from a booming stockmarke…
10 Nov 2017
How the tulip mania of 1636 became the mother of all bubbles
Economy

How the tulip mania of 1636 became the mother of all bubbles

John Stepek looks at what really happened in the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century, and asks what it can tell us about the financial system today.
3 Nov 2017
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A classic stockmarket horror story for October: the Panic of 1907
Economy

A classic stockmarket horror story for October: the Panic of 1907

In the latest of his articles on history’s great financial disasters, John Stepek looks at what the Panic of 1907 can tell us about today’s markets.
6 Oct 2017
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What caused the stockmarket crash of 1987 – and could it happen again today?
Economy

What caused the stockmarket crash of 1987 – and could it happen again today?

The 1987 stockmarket crash was a surprise for many – but some did see it coming. John Stepek explains what caused it, and what it tells us about today…
8 Sep 2017
The depression you've probably never heard of
Economy

The depression you've probably never heard of

The 1920/21 depression was a whopper, with US stocks falling by almost 50%. But now, it’s all but forgotten. John Stepek asks what we can learn from i…
1 Sep 2017

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What the South Sea Bubble can tell us about blockchain
Economy

What the South Sea Bubble can tell us about blockchain

The South Sea Bubble of 1720 arose out of an innovation in finance. Is blockchain heading down the same path, asks John Stepek.
25 Aug 2017
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How the credit crunch of 1966 set the tone for central banks
Economy

How the credit crunch of 1966 set the tone for central banks

John Stepek looks back at the 1966 credit crunch – the first important financial crisis of the post-war period, which set an unhealthy pattern for the…
18 Aug 2017