Submitted by Phoenix Capital... on 02/15/2011 - 11:45
ETC France Purchasing Power Reality
The general public had stocks foisted on them in the 80s with the introduction of stock-based retirement plans (401ks and IRAs). They became further enamored by this asset class with the creation of online discount brokerages, which seduced the DIY spirit. Stocks have become so popular that there are entire peripheral industries have been built surrounding them: investing books, investing seminars, investing TV shows, etc. And yet no one has ever asked whether investing in stocks is actually a good thing.