This was only ever worse 89 years ago
American stocks saw the worst start in April since the Great Depression, as Chinese retaliatory tariffs spooked investors in the world’s largest economy.
The S&P 500 index fell 2.2 percent after the first trading session in the second quarter. This was only ever worse 89 years ago, when it fell by 2.5 percent. Back then, it was a selloff that triggered the Great Depression – the worst economic crisis in US history.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1.9 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index plummeted 2.74 percent. One of the largest companies listed on the Nasdaq, Amazon, extended its losses following attacks on the firm by President Donald Trump, shedding more than five percent of its value.