Take a weekend of pent-up selling demand (courtesy of S&P’s U.S. debt downgrade Friday night), ugly overseas markets, and more weak economic data, and what do you get?

A steep, opening drop in U.S. stock prices.

The remaining questions:  1) how much are they going to gyrate before prices stabilize?; and 2) what step(s) will authorities (the Fed, ECB, etc.) take to intervene?; and 3) will they be any more effective than previous measures?

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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