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Quote of the Day

”I’ve thought the whole thing over, and if we are going bust, we will go bust big.”

– Charles M. Schwab of Bethlehem Steel on his plan to build a new steel mill to produce steel beams in the shape on an “H”. The design would later turn into the “I” Beam.

Hence, the company’s logo:

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February 18th – This Day in Stock Market History

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February 18th 1862 – Birthday of Charles M. Schwab (2/18/1862 – 9/18/1939)
American entrepreneur who started his career with Carnegie’s steelworks and who later pioneered Bethlehem Steel. ( He is unrelated to the Charles W Schwab of the brokerage today.)

The company would become a major name on Wall Street as WW1 and WW2 produced massive steel orders. One such run up is featured in the book “It Was a Very Good Year” in which the price of Bethlehem steel shot up over 70 points in 10 days.

With his leadership Bethlehem steel would become the second largest steel company in the world, and his idea of the “H” Beam would revolutionize the building of skyscrapers.

He would amass a wealth of nearly a billion dollars (adjusted for inflation), before dying in debt in 1939. He was an avid gambler, was known for his extravagant parties and extra-marital affairs.

A great, short biography of Schwab is available here.

 



Best February 18th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History

1932 – Up 3.51%, 2.89 points.

Worst February 18th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History

2000 – Down 2.81%, 295.05 points.

 (In case you have missed the last few “This Day in History” posts… We are at the anniversary of a very volatile time in the great depression. To recap this stretch in 1932: February 11th – up 9.47%, Feb 13th up 9.19%, February 15th – Down 4.24%, February 16th Up 4.34%, February 17th – Down 4.09%, and today, February 18th – Up 3.51%…quite a wild ride)

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