Why are people buying at Wal-Mart, but not on Wall Street?

Why are they spending dollars at Dollar General, but not at the corner of Wall and Broad.

And why is Target on target, but scores of companies are missing their target?

I think I know why: Folks know what they're buying at Wal-Mart and Dollar General and Target. They don't know what they're buying on Wall Street.

Value sells. Slippery ethics don't.

Getting a good buy on a good product makes good sense. But how do you know what's a good buy in the market? You don't.

So, much like the expensive store that shamelessly hikes the price of goods whose value is questionable, Wall Street still appears to be selling a lot of companies, whose books are very questionable.

Never mind that I think most companies are sound and most CEOs are good. It's the few who aren't, who are robbing it for the vast majority who are.

You know, life is like buying a toaster. You want a toaster. You know what you want in a toaster. You know what a toaster does. So you look for the lowest price toaster you can find.

Buying stocks isn't so easy. Because unlike the toaster, what you see may not be what you get. So you don't buy.

You see, with Wal-Mart, you know you'll end up with a good buy on a good toaster. With Wall Street, you know there's a good chance you'll end up just being... toast.

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