From Chart of the Day:
What was that about credit being the lifeblood of the economy? Well, the 2000s saw the greatest bubble ever, and all it got us was richer bankers. Robert Prechter often says that the depression started with the bursting of the dot-com bubble and deflation of social mood from the euphoria of the late ’90s. This chart, like the Dow:Gold ratio (down to 9 today from a peak of 44), give you and idea of what he’s talking about. After all, there was no net growth last decade — it was all a sham.