The Independent: Wall Street fears for next Great Depression

One UK economist warned that the world is now close to a 1930s-like Great Depression, while New York traders said they had never experienced such fear. The Fed’s emergency funding procedure was first used in the Depression and has rarely been used since.

A Goldman Sachs trader in New York said: “Everyone is in a total state of shock, aghast at what is happening. No one wants to talk, let alone deal; we’re just standing by waiting. Everyone is nervous about what is going to emerge when trading starts tomorrow.”

In the UK, Michael Taylor, a senior market strategist at Lombard, the economics consultancy, said on Friday night: “We have all been talking about a 1970s-style crisis but as each day goes by this looks more like the 1930s. No one has any clue as to where this is going to end; it’s a self-feeding disaster.” Mr Taylor, who had been relatively optimistic, has turned bearish: “It really does look as though the UK is now heading for a recession. The credit-crunch means that even if the Bank of England cuts rates again, the banks are in such a bad way they are unlikely to pass cuts on.”

Mr Taylor added that he expects a sharp downturn in the real UK economy as the public and companies stop borrowing. “We have never seen anything like this before. This is new territory for us. Liquidity is being pumped into the system but the banks are not taking any notice. This is all about confidence. The more the central banks do, the more the banks seem to ignore what’s going on.”

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2 comments on “The Independent: Wall Street fears for next Great Depression

  1. William P. Sulik says:

    Not said in the article is that politicians of all stripes and parties are suggesting the same fixes which made a bad depression of 29-30 into a “great depression” that lasted until the end of the 30’s.

  2. Jeffersonian says:

    Spot-on, #1. The 1929 crash would have been over in 1930 or ’31 if not for the “solutions” foisted on America by the Hoover and FDR administrations. I pray we are smarter than we were back then, and let the market sort itself out.