Stock market drop triggers local investors’ anxieties

DOVER — Citing company compliance requirements, many local financial planners wouldn’t comment publicly on Monday about the stock market plunge, the biggest in nearly four years.

Surely, though, the planners confidentially were advising skittish clients concerned about their suddenly shrinking portfolios.

Monday brought more of the same as trading opened, but the Dow Jones industrial average’s initial drop of more than 1,000 points had been whittled to 130 down points by mid-day. But it wasn’t over.