I am not a stock market investor. The system seems flawed to me... you put money into a pool where it sits and does nothing but respond to the whims of people like this: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=de8_1186355765 ...the money doesn't do any real work to earn its profit, i just sits idle and profit magically appears (or disappears). The stock market shares a lot in common with pyramid schemes. You have a system where profit is a function of continued investment. That is to say that investments are profitable only if people invest. It is a means to itself, just like the pyramid. Those who get in early benefit from those who get in late, just like the pyramid. Pyramids are illegal because they employ an investment structure that is not sustainable and that is based on a product that has no intrinsic value. To be fair, the stock market represents companies that have intrinsic value, but that value is abstracted through public whims like speculation and fear mongering which have no value. The two people in the video discuss how this public perception is used to control the market. Most people today make investments based on this public perception. The rest of the people invest based on long term trends which also ignores the intrinsic value that exists. When was the last time you heard of some one buying stock because they believed in the value of the company... not the dollar value but the intrinsic value of the service. The market sells abstractions that have no value, just like the pyramid. As for the investment structure of the stock market, I think of it as a bunch of narrow pyramids. The market isn't exponential and fixed like the pyramid, but there is a widening downward growth as the value of a stock goes up through continued investment, where the people who buy low benefit from the increased value of the stock that is created by those who buy high. As with the pyramid depth, the stock market has no maximum dollar value for any one stock, people just try not to buy when that stock tops out because they need growing room. When a stock is exhausted and fails to show returns, the pyramid collapses and people try to get in at the top of another stock. Some people tell me that my perception of the market shows that I don't understand how the system works. Then they try to convince me to invest. Why do they care if I invest? It makes me think they are serving some self interest in trying to convince me, like they are trying to justify their confidence in the system which is required for their investments to grow.