LIVE CHAT: The Motley Fool's Thoughts on a Wild Week and Surviving a Crazy Market

The Dow Jones has been up or down at least 4% in in five of the past six trading sessions.

How common is that? We went back and looked. The fall of 2008 came close. The crash of 1987 is right up there. But you really have to go back to 1932 to find anything truly comparable to the volatility we've experienced in the past week. If you survived, congrats. It was one for the record books.

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clindroth

“High-Frequency Short Sellers are Naked” Do you know what this means? If you don’t; you need to find out. It will change how you invest for your future and retirement. Cliff Lindroth, San Diego CA

August 12 2011 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wstax

Yes, Cliff---------- I short sell every day from my home computer --------------I usually do so without clothes on----------I like the free feeling======== except at times , my butt sticks to the leather chair

August 12 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brad

Bring back the historical quotes page. What will it take to bring back a taB!!!!!!! The new page is disappointing and less information on one screen.

August 12 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jrcere

this new board is sucks ... bring back the last board...

August 12 2011 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
papedo

I MISS MY MESSAGE BOARD FOR MY OWN STOCKS. THIS BOARD IS NICE--BUT VERY GENERAL ABOUT A NUMBER OF STOCKS. MOST IS OF NO INTEREST TO ME.

August 12 2011 at 1:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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BRUCE

I also keep asking why the message boards disappeared!

August 12 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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wstax

It didn't disappear, it was too much trouble for AOL to bother with it-----------also, there were some nasty comments made at tines by low class individuals who knw nothing but vile statements-----------------
Mo-

August 12 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
BRUCE

The market swings were heavily impacted by high frequency computer traders who can buy/sell stocks thousands of times per minute. These professional traders account for 60% to 70% of all stock trading during these swings. In addition to the public firms there are private trading firms that trade for their own profit using proprietary computer platfoms. A transaction tax should be implemeneted for these trades which would result in less market volatility and new tax revenue for our nation. Write to your representatives in congress if you are outraged about this problem. Remember the traders make money when the market goes up or down. You however, see your 401K/retirement funds disappear right before your eyes.

August 12 2011 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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papabudlight

THE MESSAGE BOARDS ARE GONE, AND GOOD RIDDANCE, NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF ******** POSTING ON THEM ANYWAY.

August 12 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wstax

Papa--- I remember you-----------you were one of them

August 12 2011 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down