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American Experience: The Crash of 1929

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By 1929, Charles Mitchell, President of the National City Bank (which would become Citibank), had popularized the idea of selling stock and high yield bonds directly to smaller investors. Mitchell and a very small group of bankers, brokers, and speculators manipulated the stock market, grew wealthy and helped create the economic boom of that fabulous decade. Their successes made them folk heroes of the day. The Crash of 1929 chronicles a fateful year through the words and experiences of the descendants of these titans of finance.
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Examines the stock market crash of 1929
Examines the stock market crash of 1929 with interviews from descendants of several Wall Street insiders

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Marcel Vught

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History Lesson from some of the greats
Features bankers, actors, economists, speculators such as Michael J. Meehan, Charles Mitchell, William C. Durant, Julius (Groucho) Marx, Roger W. Babson, John Kenneth Galbraith and John Jacob Raskob.

The twenties was a decade of unbridled optimism and prosperity...that ended with a massive nosedive. What hasn't changed is the nature of speculative bubbles. When the shoe shine boy is tipping you on stocks it is time to get out. However, people still want to ride the wave on 'The Greater Fool' theory. Once the straw breaks the camel's back, everyone wants to lock in their profits and head to the emergency exit in one gigantic stampede. Unfortunately some get crushed. What has changed are the regulations. In the twenties, there was an inner circle who manipulated stock prices - frontrunning was legal. Today pump-and-dumps still happen, they are just not legal and are watched more closely by the SEC. Emotions and the human character have not changed. As long as we have that, we have an exciting market.

This short documentary (<1hr) is well worth it.

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Well done
This was a well done documentary about the big crash, learned a lot. Some of the pain, made me feel not so bad about some of my losses. Nice to get an outside veiw of the some of the fear, greed and panic that existed 80 years ago and is very much the same as in today's markets.

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Excellent documentary
This is a great documentary about the big crash of '29. So many lessons to learn from this crash, human behaviour, attempted bailouts, panic... as they say there's nothing new in the markets.

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