What Orson Welles and "War of the Worlds" taught us about economic panic

Oct 31, 2018
About 80 years ago, a radio dramatization of an alien attack spread panic through the airwaves. That sense of fear can also manifest itself in the world of economics.
Orson Welles (1915 - 1985), American actor, producer, writer and director. In 1938 his radio production of H G Wells's "The War of the Worlds" caused panic.
Central Press/Getty Images

What Orson Welles and "War of the Worlds" taught us about economic panic

Oct 31, 2018
About 80 years ago, a radio dramatization of an alien attack spread panic through the airwaves. That sense of fear can also manifest itself in the world of economics.
Orson Welles (1915 - 1985), American actor, producer, writer and director. In 1938 his radio production of H G Wells's "The War of the Worlds" caused panic.
Central Press/Getty Images

How fear plays a role in our finances

Aug 28, 2015
It was the first reaction many people had when the stock market dropped this week.

How the VIX index tracks investor fear

May 5, 2014
When stock markets are going down, the VIX index is going up.

Is fear a financial motivator?

Dec 12, 2012
Seems like every time you turn on the news, there's some new danger to our health or our financial well-being.

Today's phrase to freak you out: history sniffing

Dec 6, 2010
Lawsuits are being brought as dozens of websites are found to have been engaged in the practice of "history sniffing". This is when you visit a...

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.