These days banks are rolling out financial literacy initiatives, with the presumed aim of getting the consumers to start investing again after a few years of crisis and volatility.
But as Paul B. Farrell writes today in MarketWatch, “financial literacy” can’t get around the fact that Wall Street is still a casino with odds stacked heavily toward the house.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Commission brokerage plans work to Wall Street’s advantage
- Cleverly crafted marketing and sales systems mislead naïve investors
- favourable SEC regulations are won by lobbyists and political donations
- Portfolio alternatives, practices and advice are deceptive, rigged to skim off fees
- Systemic data manipulation with stocks, bonds, mutual fund, derivatives
- Psychological profiles of investors are used against clients
- High-frequency trading algorithms run circles around individual investors, making thousands of trades in milliseconds
Farrell calls Wall Street a “saboteur,” a “P.T. Barnum ringleader,” and a hindrance for retirement-minded savers with their eyes on the future—fighting words.
What do you think, do you agree with Farrell?
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