TeachMeFinance.com - explain Panic
Panic -- A series of unexpected cash withdrawals from a bank caused by a sudden decline in depositor confidence or fear that the bank will be closed by the chartering agency, i.e. many depositors withdraw cash almost simultaneously. Since the cash reserve a bank keeps on hand is only a small fraction of its deposits, a large number of withdrawals in a short period of time can deplete available cash and force the bank to close and possibly go out of business.
Panic -- In Wall Street a panic is a time of great alarm when
there is a rush to sell securities with a ruthless sacrifice of
Also see Black Friday; also see Grant & Ward panic; also
see Jay Cooke panic.
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