Saturday, August 29, 2009

Washington Stock Exchange

The stock market is supposed to be the bastion of the free market – ownership of private enterprise swaying to the demand and supply of private capital. However, judging by recent trading activity that model seems strangely defunct. As last week’s trading record shows, quasi-government enterprises are the stocks most attracting investors. Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM), Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE), American International Group (NYSE:AIG), as well as government-beholden Citigroup (NYSE:C), and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) are notably at the top of the market’s most actively traded stocks. The market seems intent on speculating that this public-private contract has a positive outcome. Whatever the result, this is where the trading action is.

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