Felix Salmon says the stock market slump isn't another meltdown:

The TED spread today is 213bp -- more or less exactly where it's been for the past few weeks. Which says to me that for all that financial stocks are being crushed, this is no reprise of the financial crisis we saw in the wake of Lehman's collapse. Rather, it's an old-fashioned economic crisis, which severely erodes the equity of leveraged banks, but where money still flows and even the occasional IPO can get away if it's priced at a discount. Or, to put it another way: it's a bear market, not a financial meltdown. Which might be little solace to anybody whose stocks have been crushed of later, but which might help reassure policymakers at least a little.