S&P 500 – The S&P 500 is a stock index composed of 500 US companies, mainly larger businesses with large market capitalization (Large Caps). Most people, even those with no real interest in the stock market, are familiar with the S&P 500 as the level of the index is regularly quoted on media news reports. […]
Trading in futures may be tightly regulated these days, but such was not always the case. At several points in history, market forces combined with such human natures as hope, greed and panic, have inflated - and swiftly deflated so-called “bubbles”, with the deflation typically much more sudden than the extended build-up to the inevitable crash, or “burst” if we invoke the bubble metaphor.