MikeB4: Yep the capitalist system is such a raging success. A rumour can cause a ripple, a big rumour can cause a recession, a few badly run banks can cause a GFC and virus can cause a global melt down. Capitalism is as resilient as a raw egg on the egg of a low table.
Maybe the silver lining of all of these is the planet finds a new system but don't hold your breath. Too many greedy vested interest and our overwhelming ability to repeat the mistakes of the past over and over again.
Underneath all of that, many are producing real goods and services, and we are buying real goods and services. Thats boring, but the longer than can happen even in a declining volume, the better off we are. Thats the real economy