*but were afraid to ask. I am motivated by some news of today (August 14, 2019), according to which something not good is happening to the market, so I was thinking that it might be a good opportunity for me to learn something from those in the JCC who know more on the subject. In this thread any topic related to economics can be discussed, and in particular questions from those who know nothing are encouraged. I can start with something quite general: 1) what is happening right now to the world economy and why? 2) what happened in 1929 and how is it different from what happened in 2008? 3) to what extent are political leaders responsible of the way the market behaves? 4) for example, I know that some people argue that Bill Clinton's deregulations might have played a role in the crisis of 2008. Is it true?