Our Love Affair With Stocks

The promise--and perils--of putting faith in Wall Street

It's everywhere you look: splashed across television screens, newspapers, book jackets, Web sites. It's the hot topic around office watercoolers, at cocktail parties, gyms, bars, golf courses, beauty salons. It seduces taxi drivers and corporate executives, farmers and artists. For many people, it becomes an obsession, dominating their thoughts and dictating their actions. But despite the near-religious zeal of some of its followers, this is a decidedly secular phenomenon. It's the stock market.

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