Do you think the U.S. Personal tax exemption should be raised? (it's capped at just over $3k now) - Zer Netmouse
Do you think the U.S. Personal tax exemption should be raised? (it's capped at just over $3k now)|
That's certainly what the banks and stock exchanges want you to think. That's what keeps them in business.
Might it not be better to buy a solid item, such as gold or land, and then sell it again when you need the money? That's what the truly wealthy do. That's what you're doing when you invest in stocks, unless you pick them solely on the basis of expected dividend payment.
Best of all: Start or buy a business which you will eventually turn over to other people to manage. You get a chunk of the profit; they get jobs and the economy is enlarged instead of shrunken.
Putting your savings in real estate was all the rage five years ago or so. It didn't work out so well...
As for using it to start a business, most people have neither the time, the skill, nor the inclination to become entrepreneurs. Even among those who do, the majority of startups still fail and go broke. This would seem not to be the sort of thing for most people's retirement nest egg.
Money and securities are liquid, and dollars, at least, are reasonably stable in value (at least compared to the alternatives). You can move in and out of them with much lower transaction overhead than most other assets. That seems a more likely explanation for their popularity than a banking industry conspiracy.