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Market capitalization and GDP, 1980-2017

Source: World Bank, www.worldbank.org

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Market capitalization represents the value of companies quoted on the stock exchange. It is supposed to reflect the future profits of these companies, as forecast by financial actors. The amounts indicated by these graphs show that stock market capitalization is totally disconnected from the real economy. At the same time, these developments in the stock market have a very clear impact on the real economy, which is blatant during periods of crises and crashes.

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