Chinese Stock Market Shuts Down

The Chinese stock markets were suspended after a 7% drop. As of Pacific coast time 7:30 am this morning, the New York Stock Exchange has lost over 300 points.

What’s amazing about this story is that one of the major figures responsible for the stock market in China said that the circuit breakers which are in place to shut the market down if it loses too much, were themselves a problem. Instead he thought the mere presence of the circuit breakers made people panic and stay away. His solution: let the markets ride and stay out of it. Milton Friedman is alive and well in China!

Read more in Al Jazeera

About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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