“You don’t understand” said everyone who ever tried to take advantage of someone and take their money. Wall Street is a game designed to make traders rich by skimming money off the top of America worker’s tiny savings, inventing more and more complicated ways to do that. When someone finally figures out that some new financial innovation product is insanely risky and the system is rigged, all the people making money cry, “You just don’t understand.” When mortgage-backed securities traders said they’d eliminated risk by splitting mortgages into a thousand tiny pieces and reselling them a dozen times, they said we didn’t understand.
All you have to do is listen to the way Bill O’Brien talks during this segment, even if you don’t understand high frequency trading, and you’ll probably feel the way you did the last time you tried to buy a used car.
Wall Street is a wonderful idea designed to help big risk takers raise capital and let moms and pops around the country participate just a little bit in the American dream of being a true capitalist. What it’s become is an abomination.
Please watch. And then make sure you aren’t throwing away 1 or 2 percent of your retirement money every year in stupid mutual funds. Put it all in an index fund, please.