More than $7 trillion has been wiped out from the stock market this year


The meltdown of 2022 has wiped out more than $7 trillion in market value from the blue chip stocks in the S&P 500. The index is down more than 18% since the end of December. The Dow is down 13% as well.
Tech stocks have been hit particularly hard. The Nasdaq has plunged 28% this year, putting it deep into bear market territory. Nearly $3 trillion of the S&P 500’s market cap drop is from the tech sector.

The rapid plunge is raising alarm bells on Main Street too, with worries that the US economy may be losing steam following a strong recovery from the depths of the brief pandemic-induced recession.

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According to data from research firm Bespoke Investment Group, the Nasdaq has plummeted more than 20% in the past 30 trading days. A drop of that magnitude has only happened 11 times before … and nine of those declines were “associated with recessions,” according to Bespoke.

Bespoke analysts said in another report earlier this week that the Nasdaq 100, or so-called QQQs, is off to the worst start for any year, ever.

Still, there are hopes that a bottom may soon be in sight. Bespoke analysts said that “prices can remain oversold … for an extended period of time, but they don’t stay that way forever.”

Investors are waiting for so-called capitulation, the moment where it seems like everyone has finally thrown in the proverbial towel. When sentiment is seemingly at its lowest, that might be time to finally start buying again.

The market might almost be at those levels. The CNN Business Fear & Greed Index, which measures seven indicators of market sentiment, is now well into Extreme Fear territory. The index goes from 0-100 and lower levels are associated with panic in the market. The index is currently registering a level of 6.

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