Many writers on SA have suggested that the stock markets in the US have been and are being manipulated to serve the interests of the Government( our policies are working), Media(the elites know best) and Wall St( recapitalization of Big Money and escape from TARP and hence bonus limits or anty other limits on behavior).
If one accepts this explanation, then an even more insidious notion has to be entertained. This is the thought that the Inside Money(ie Wall St and cronies in politics and media) is using the Outside or Dumb Money(ie Middle class or small investor money, directly or through intermediaries) to create a financial exit for itself by encouraging the dumb money to buy financial, service and media stocks. Thus, the Middle class becomes the duped exit for the Upper class.
But why exit finance, service, media stocks?
The upper class is also the fiat money class. It understands vastly better than the Middle class that fiat money means a rapidly eroding exchange rate beween the dollar and real assets. Therefore, a year or two before this erosion is painfully manifest in high and sustained inflation( ie escalating dollar price of real assets but not an escalation of real asset prices versus other real assets such as precious metals versus oil or industrial metals versus agricultural land or rare earths versus natural gas) the upper class quietly redeploys the money from its smoothly engineered stock market exit into real assets. It callously leaves the middle class stuck with vapor assets in the form of finance, service and media stocks which, of course , lose value once the exit is completed and the productive economy continues, at best, to languish.
Then, when inflation arrives and real assets soar in dollar terms, the real wealth of the upper class is not only preserved but tangibly increased. The middle class is further impoverished , the lower class is given more fantasy money bribes to keep it pacified even though more dollars buy fewer means of living(a fact the lower class in its ignorance , muttering resentments and digital media addictions is unable to grasp)and the upper class garners an even more unearned and underserved share of real income and real wealth. Gloating and self congratulation for the upper class, economic and social misery for the middle class and financial fumes for the lower class.
The manipulated stock market is working very well indeed: for its few masters.