Buying Monkeys

Once upon a time in an Amazon village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to catch some. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.

He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.

The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch one! The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: “Look at all these monkeys that the man has collected in these travel trailers. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.”

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.

6 thoughts on “Buying Monkeys”

  1. Great analogy. Let me tell you, the monkey market has always been pretty cut throat. I’m glad I got out when the monkey’s were selling high. I shifted everything to a solid arvark fund and boy am I happier!

  2. have you not realised how cruel it is to BUY monkeys!!
    monkeys are supposed to be able to be free swinging in trees!! not put in cages and getting sold to random people!! how heartless can people get!!
    would youu like it if you was put in a cage…and sold to people you don’t know.
    think…before you buy monkeys! x
    its cruelty!!

  3. I hope that what you wrote in your comment was a joke. If it wasn’t, might I suggest that you actually READ the article first!…lol

  4. Somehow i don’t think that she read your post. Although I think the stock market is a little more complicated than that, the fact that you can get burnt is pretty realistic.

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