People, seriously — calm down!

Everyone is up in arms about the “stock market plunging!!!” and “crisis on wall street!!” People act like they’re surprised the DJ dipped today, the first business day after the “bailout”. The media doesn’t help with their sensationalist headlines and dramatic stories. The idea should not be to rile people up; it should be to present things matter of factly, like

The stock market dipped today, the first day after the bailout was signed. While not unexpected, it does have the average American worried about the state of the U.S. economy, and by extension, the world economy.  Some shakiness should be expected until the government and banks begin working together to start implementing the bailout plan.

Now I’m not a financial expert, and I won’t claim to understand the intricacies of the economy or the stock market. I understand that people have stocks and they’re scared they’re going to lose everything. However, why not take a step back and look at the big picture here? Panicking and dumping your portfolio is reallllly not going to help the economy recover, is it?

I think we should all take a deep breath and try and retain a broader perspective instead of panicking and acting like sheep or lemmings.

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