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Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street's four great bottoms by Russell Napier

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The road to August 1921: The course of the Dow - 1896–1921

It was the end of summer in lower Manhattan when the air was ripped asunder by a thunderous explosion outside the offices of JP Morgan & Co on Wall Street. The area went dark and a huge cloud of smoke swathed the financial centre of America. Brokers at the New York Stock Exchange ran to avoid the flying glass. Windows shattered up to half a mile away. The death toll would reach 40 and the date was 16 September 1920. It has never been determined who planted the bomb. The press and public used one of Wall Street’s favourite analytical tools in assessing the situation: extrapolation. In April 1920, bombs had been mailed to 18 prominent people known in their politics to be anti-labour. ...

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