Search queries: Stock, recession, bailout
Using the same 90K searches that I have referred to here before, today I looked at search queries containing the words stock (and related terms), recession, and bailout. The left scale of the plot below is indicates the fraction of all queries for each day containing the terms. The right-hand scale is the NASDAQ100 index for the same period.
Interest in the stock market starts to take off in early September, just as the NASDAQ starts the dramatic decline. Curiosity and research on the bailout don’t seem to be closely correlated with stock prices or interest in the stock market.
Interest in recession started back in June when the NASDAQ showed signs of weakness then declined. More recently, interest in recession has continued to since late October.