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Many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress. ~ Bernie Sanders

A stock market is a market for the trading of company stock, and derivatives of same; both of these are securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those only traded privately.


  • The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything — you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you're a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, "Swing, you bum!"
  • [After the stock-markets crash] the number one priority will be the provision of adequate food for all the people; two, the provision of adequate housing for all the people; thirdly, the provision of adequate healthcare and education for all the people. These are the basic human rights needed everywhere by all people, yet there is no country in the world in which all of these pertain as a universal right. When the economic collapse occurs, humanity will begin to recognize its oneness, and the need to co-operate and share the world’s resources.
  • The world stock market crash... will reorient the governments of all countries towards a more equitable redistribution of food, housing, health care and education, which as universal rights will become the priorities of all governments. After the crash, the first duty of governments will be to feed people with the right food. Their second duty will be to ensure adequate housing. Health and education will be the next priorities. Investment along these lines in other parts of the world will follow, and lastly, defense. In short, the crash will lead to a reordering of priorities.
  • The stock markets of the world have been going through a dizzying, yo-yo-like effect over the last few years. We have seen a rise in the Dow Jones index to about 11,000. It goes down 600 points one day and a few days later it comes up 400 points. Then it drops another 200 and then up 300, and so on. This is happening in different bourses around the world, and creates a yo-yo effect which is so unstable that no government, country or economy is unaffected. To justify the level at which the Dow Index currently stands, the US economic growth rate would need to be about 10 per cent per annum. In fact, it is nowhere near that, so a bubble is being created. That bubble will burst and with it will come plunging down the stock markets of the US and the world. All the factors that were there in 1929 are in place today. (p. 22)
    • Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity, Share International Foundation, (2001)
  • The stock exchange is used to register the financial standing of any particular corporation — which is only on paper. So long as it is written up on the stock exchange, people will invest in it if it is going up, because it is a good buy. If it is going down, they will sell. They are gambling. That is why shares go up and down. People are not doing anything. They are just lending their money for a time to that company at such and such per cent. They are sitting back. They are living off their winnings. It is money for nothing.
    The whole thing is built on this lie that you get something for nothing. You do not. The cost to the world is colossal, the cost in jobs and heartache when families suddenly have no one who can support them because the breadwinner is out of work. Hundreds of thousands are laid off because when you take over a new corporation it enables you to use the same managerial staff. The top levels remain the same. To make the whole thing pay more, they cut down the staff. So the same big executives who earn the huge sums are retained, and the people who actually produce the goods on the work floor are put out in their thousands. So unemployment rises throughout the developed world. That is the key reason for unemployment. (p. 87)
    • Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity, Share International Foundation, (2001)
  • When there is a stock exchange crash throughout the world, the whole world will change. The priorities of the governments will change. (p. 94)
    • Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity, Share International Foundation, (2001)
  • First to go will be the world’s stock markets. They are, as Maitreya has said, about to crash. They will come down because they stand in the way of right relationship. They really bear no relation to the needs even of trade between countries. They are an anachronism, what Maitreya calls, very accurately, “gambling casinos” which have no part to play in the future time, at least in their present form.
  • Hating Wall Street is an American tradition that dates back even to the days when Thomas Jefferson cursed that money lover Alexander Hamilton. And for centuries, the complaints about it have largely stayed the same: 'It does nothing! It creates chaos! It's a parasite that sucks hardworking Americans dry!'
  • The U.S. stock market was now a class system, rooted in speed, of haves and have-nots. The haves paid for nanoseconds; the have-nots had no idea that a nanosecond had value. The haves enjoyed a perfect view of the market; the have-nots never saw the market at all. What had once been the world’s most public, most democratic, financial market had become, in spirit, something like a private viewing of a stolen work of art.
  • The most important thing I have done is to combine something esoteric with a practical issue that affects many people. In this spirit, the stock market is one of the most attractive things imaginable. Stock-market data is abundant so I can check everything. Financial markets are very influential and I want to be part of this field now that it is maturing.
  • When asked what the stock market will do: It will fluctuate
  • Your reminder that America's richest 1 percent now own half the value of the U.S. stock market. The richest 10 percent own 92 percent. So when Trump says the stock market is the economy, know who he's really talking about.
  • Let us begin with a definition of economics. Over the last half-century, the study of economics has expanded to include a vast range of topics. Here are some of the major subjects that are covered in this book:
● Economics explores the behavior of the financial markets, including interest rates, exchange rates, and stock prices...
  • You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
  • Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.
  • It can be argued that the U.S. brokerage and investment banking industry has transformed the modern American stock market into nothing more than a mechanism for transferring wealth from shareholders to management.
  • The reality is that business and investment spending are the true leading indicators of the economy and the stock market. If you want to know where the stock market is headed, forget about consumer spending and retail sales figures. Look to business spending, price inflation, interest rates, and productivity gains.
    • Mark Skousen; in: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Vol. 60, Nr. 3-10 (2010). p. 7

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