Once upon a time there was a place overrun with monkeys.

One day, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10, and as supply started to diminish, they became harder to catch, so the villagers eventually abandoned their efforts.

The man then announced that he would now pay $20 for each one.

This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. But soon the supply diminished even further, so the people again ceased their efforts and went back to their farms.

The man then increased his price to $25 each, causing the supply of monkeys to became so sparse that it was an effort to even see a monkey, much less catch one.

The man then announced that he would buy monkeys for $50. However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on his behalf.

While the man was away, the assistant told the villagers, “Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has bought. I will sell them to you at $35 each 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. They never saw the man nor his assistant again and once again there were monkeys everywhere.

This, my friends, is how the stock market works!!!

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