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I am new to understanding how the stock market works. In these graphs, why has the market gone from a steady ascend to a wavy looking mess that has bigger rises and falls? First graph is s&p and the second is the dow.



 

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Alan Greenspan circa 2000......
 

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a small group of rich assholes enjoy playing monopoly.
 

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With so much data why is the market such a gamble? It appears you could use statistics to make a lot of money if you do it over a period of time. Please excuse my ignorance, I have never given the market much thought.
 

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Printing money and feeding it into the market (stock ) to artificially inflate the economy has a way of doing that.
 

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The U.S. Mortgage crisis.
China.
Oil.
Gold.
Currency.
Commodities.
War on Terror.
Communications- anyone has whatever information and instant means to buy and sell.
Before you used to be an investor.
Now most are gamblers.
I am not sure if the market will ever be the same again.
 

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Between 1995 and 2000, the e-commerce companies brought stock trading to the masses. An increased number of players took volatility to new records. I remember when I was beginning my 401k back in the 80's........ seemed like a 30-40 point gain in the market was meteoric. Today, that's mediocre. 80-150 point swings are pretty much "the norm" with so many people on the playing board, and computer-driven trading. You ask why the market is such a gamble? Well, you're buying stock with the anticipation that is going to go up. The problem is, you're buying the shares of someone who sold because he's just as convinced that its going down.
 

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Between 1995 and 2000, the e-commerce companies brought stock trading to the masses. An increased number of players took volatility to new records. I remember when I was beginning my 401k back in the 80's........ seemed like a 30-40 point gain in the market was meteoric. Today, that's mediocre. 80-150 point swings are pretty much "the norm" with so many people on the playing board, and computer-driven trading. You ask why the market is such a gamble? Well, you're buying stock with the anticipation that is going to go up. The problem is, you're buying the shares of someone who sold because he's just as convinced that its going down.
Good explanation!!!
 

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Don't think those rich assholes as you refer to them as enjoy losing their money.
If you're in that club you make money when the market goes up and you make money when the market goes down.

The rest of us just get to sit around and wonder what the fuck happened.
 
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