Originally Posted by drgonzo
Investment is not profit, business, or jobs. The consumerbase is everything. No customers = no business. Consider yourself educated, don't get it wrong again.
Where did I say "investments create profit or customers/business?"
Stocks are how companies get funded to grow larger. Usually, when someone wants to start a business, they pay for it with loans or even their own credit cards. Once they grow the company enough, they can get bank loans, or even float their own bonds to individual investors. But, eventually they will need a lot of money to really take the business to the next phase.
This is when they will sell the first stocks, called taking the company public¯. Once that happens, no individual person owns the company because they have sold it to the stockholders.
Obviously a business relies on customers to survive. Stock is what helps the company continue to grow, which is where the investing class comes in to play. Also, taxing people and making it so people will be making less money doesn't help the economy or business at all.