The US stock market has been on shaky ground for a couple years. The market was drastically overvalued and oversold. Some believe the DJIA is the bellwether indicator of the US economy, they would be wrong. What good is low employment when many work at dead end low paying jobs? One study showed 44 percent of US full time wage earners made less than $18,000 per year. Many have no health insurance. Millions of families are one or two pay checks from disaster. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-...yment-isnt-worth-much-if-the-jobs-barely-pay/ For years the rise in the market was due to low interest rates and heavy borrowing. Despite those low interest rates, many US corporations are in debt up to their butts; this is especially true of energy companies. Shares of Chesapeake Energy were trading at 19 cents this morning. Last week i bought shares at 15 cents. If the company recovers i'll do well. If not, i'll lose a few hundred dollars. The coronavirus thing has had a profound effect on the stock market. Disney has closed many venues, some casinos have closed, conventions have been cancelled. Ports have laid off workers because the ships ain't coming from China. Fort Sill recently disallowed the families of soldiers graduating from courses to attend the ceremonies. One Lawton hotel had $12,000 in cancellations in one day. The Saudi oil guru broke an agreement with Russia to limit production and will pull out the stops on 1 April, 2020. That is a direct threat to US oil production; many drilling companies are mortgaged to the hilt. In the September- October time frame last year the feds began shoring up the stock market, using tactics last seen about ten years ago. Last week the feds made a heroic effort to prop up the stock market. Despite that effort the DOW opened ten percent lower today. Now the white house wants congressional authority to loan your tax money to individual US companies. Yep, the white house would choose which companies should survive and which would tank. Trump did something last week i like, he cut an executive order decreeing drugs be manufactured in the USA. This came after China threatened to cut off drugs made in that country.