I understand where this hyperbole comes from, (pm dealers), but never understood how people can accept this argument. First, most stocks are not Enron. Heck, I have always actively avoided stocks where a simpleton like me cannot clearly see how they make money. Opacity is the last thing you want in investing. However, to say "over 5,000 years pm holds its value", um yeah ok, so does land. What is stock though? Its the factories, the offices, the company that makes a profit. SOME stocks can be almost all assets you cannot lay your hands on, I do not like investing in those either. What about GE though? They have tons of factories, R&D centers, television networks, etc etc. These create profits every year. How the blazes do you compare this firm in the same breath as Enron? Talk about throwing 10,000 babies out with the bathwater.