"You have to distinguish between two things |the economy and the stock market. The economy is the sum of all the goods and services that are produced in this country every day. There are telephones, cars, chickens and airplanes. That's the economy, and it's just as strong or weak today as it was a week ago."
"The Stock Exchange is something very different. There is no economy and no production of goods and services. There are only fantasies in which people from one hour to the next decide that this or that company is worth so many billions, more or less. It doesn't have a thing to do with reality or with the economy."
"It only means that a bunch of heavy speculators are now moving their shareholdings from companies here to German or Chinese ones. So it's the financial gnomes that some tough reporter should identify and expose as traitors. They're the ones who are systematically and perhaps deliberately damaging the economy in order to satisfy the profit interests of their clients."
--The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo