posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 12:46 PM
Greetings fellow ATSers.
I am not at least ashamed to admit to not understanding something and genuinely believe that if more people learned to express that, the world would
be a nicer place.
That said, I would like you to help set me straight regarding my, no doubt, flawed understanding of Economy, namely the stock markets. This is where I
A company desiring to sell a part of it issues a number of shares, or stocks, which are then sold on the open market – the stock market. The nominal
value of the shares is determined by the amount of the company being sold, but upon entering the market their value becomes based on the supply and
demand principle. So technically, a very successful company’s stocks can be grossly undervalued simply because there is no demand for them?
Therefore, that company’s value is not directly determined by the demand of their goods and / or services but rather demand for the paper denoting a
minute percentage of ownership of the named company? I realize common logic dictates that one and the other go hand in hand, but doesn’t this allow
for a lot more fraud?
An example of what I mean: A newspaper owner had heard that a company producing cables has had a very successful year, despite the recession and would
like to get his hands on some of the action. What’s stopping that person from printing a couple a stories, from sources who wish to remain nameless
no doubt, that the company in question is soon to face an environmental lawsuit. Or that it’s been rumored that a car manufacturer was forced to
recall an entire line of cars due to their cables being poorly made. As a result the company shares would lose in value as there would be more supply
than demand, as people would start selling in fear of loosing on their invested value. The newspaper owner just managed to get what he wanted at half
the price, ensuring profit once the news got out that the company had a great year.
So rather than reality, the stock market is based, on the perception of reality, which is in this day and age so easily manipulated a ten-year-old
with an email account could do it.
Additionally, all those mainstream media titles saying “Stock market slips on fear of recession” are just proof that Economy has moved from the
field of an exact science into the field of theology and religion. I mean isn't that just like sayinf “gravity pulled everything down today on
fears it being an attracting force”
Barring the above is completely and utterly wrong, why do people follow the stock market with such horror? I mean, I understand if you invested a lot
of money in it and you’re worried sick about it (like your 401k), but otherwise, why should anyone be scared of an easily manipulated number at the
end of the day?