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China's Stock Market: Echoes of the 1929 Crash

You've heard the stories about the 1929 stock market crash, how investors should have figured out that, when taxi drivers and shoe-shine boys hawked stock tips, the end was near.

The lesson we're supposed to have learned was that cheap margin - the debt that investors can use to finance stock purchases, when wielded by uneducated, blindly optimistic "plungers," can drive stocks up and up over a cliff into an abyss.

Too bad the Chinese never got that memo.

Here's what's really happening and what you can do to protect yourself and even profit from the fallout...