So the stock market gets organized support. Is the news bad? If it is the market gets extra support. Is the news good? Then the market get just enough support. I have written a lot to the effect that there are advantages to centralizing and concentrating stock ownership into strong cooperative hands. Each day that goes by, corporate buybacks and central bank purchases take trade-able stock out of circulation. With every passing day, the task of elevating stock prices gets easier. There is less supply so moving stocks higher gets easier and easier. What is the end game here?
The stock market is being taken private. Don’t misunderstand. Ordinary people still own stock and quite a lot as a group. The plan is for the elite of the world to own a controlling interest in all of the world’s major corporations. That is not as hard to do as it first sounds. Free money from the government is limitless. What we are witnessing is the wealthiest segment of the world finding ways to own or control the factors of production globally. Wars for profit control land. The media as an opinion management service controls the reasoning of the general population. That leaves the capital markets of which the stock market is the most significant part.
The important point I am going to make is that there is no point at which manipulation of the stock market will be discontinued. That is because there is more to the stock market agenda than just churning out profits in the immediate time frame. Profits are a big deal but the goal of privatizing the stock market is bigger than that.
No one who understands markets or economics seriously believes it is reasonable to expect rising asset prices to generate aggregate demand indefinitely. In terms of independent and dependent variables, economic activity is the independent variable. Asset prices are the independent variable. These kinds of variables are not like wild cards in a poker game. Demand driven by increased asset prices is a reversal of the dependent and independent variable relationship. So, that process has a lifespan. No smart person believes this is a permanent situation.
The goal of privatizing the stock market is separate and independent from efforts make trading profits or using the wealth effect to generate temporary GDP numbers. The goal is to concentrate and centralize stock ownership. That effort will not be abandoned willingly.
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