A little light relief, as mailed into this humble corner of cyberspace by reader 'JG':
A few years ago Larry approached his Guadalajara neighbours and announced that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.The neighbours, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. Larry bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the neighbours stopped their effort.He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of his neighbours and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it! Larry now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go into town on some business, Darren, his son, would buy on his behalf.In the absence of Larry, Darren told the neighbours: "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that my dad has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when Dad 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 Larry or Darren again, only lots and lots of monkeys!Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.