If you're an investor, you might be shaking your head in dismay after looking at your recent brokerage statements. In fact, you might even be thinking about giving up on Wall Street altogether. But before you do, consider the following story.
Two typical American children, Mary and Michael, begin their day with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal produced by Quaker Oats, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, based in Purchase, New York. At school, they work on a computer, using a Windows operating system produced by Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington. Upon returning home, they do their homework under a lamp containing light bulbs produced by General Electric, headquartered in Fairfield, Conn.
That night, their parents, pressed for time, take them to McDonald's, whose corporate office is in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the children eat Big Macs and drink Cokes, produced by Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta. Before going to bed, Michael and Mary wash up with Ivory Soap, produced by Proctor & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, and are thrilled to learn their parents are going to take them to Walt Disney World, owned by The Walt Disney Company, which operates out of Burbank, Calf.