The Dow fell 143 points on Friday. Gold was just about flat. Why the fall in stock prices? Many reasons were proposed, but no one knows for sure. There may not be a reason at all. Stocks don’t need a reason to fall. From time to time, they just do. Not to put too fine a point on it, but asset prices go up… and then they go down. Always have. Always will. Generally, it’s a credit expansion that drives them up. A credit contraction takes them back down.