. February 23, 2009 SouthAmerica: I posted this thread on the Economics Forum, but the moderator of the Economics forum moved it to the Politics and Religion Forum - I guess he assumed that this thread had been posted by Nostradamus. PANIC and the US Dollar http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=60201&highlight=S&P+500 The moderator was right in one regard: if the US government were not playing politics and trying to keep the US market from falling much further â they are trying in every way possible to keep the market averages, the banks, major companies such the auto makers from going down and finding the real bottom for the US economy â the US government is trying to keep the system artificially alive. Without massive US government intervention the US financial markets would be trading at much lower levels â maybe the US stock market averages would be lower by at least another 25 to 30 percent. .