Is the stock market rigged? In a word - YES!
Yes, the stock market is rigged. This is not opinion, a conspiracy theory, or even arguable. It is simply pure fact. Many naively believe the market is all natural movement on buying and selling, but it is simply not always the case. There are several facts to back up this conclusion...
1. Federal Reserve: Cuts rates and buys bonds (QE) to push up market
2. Plunge Protection Team: Buys up stock index futures
3. Uptick Rule: Rigs a stock drop of 10% so only an uptick can be shorted
4. Big media - Controls narrative passed down to them by their masters
5. Political/deep state - Politicians make moves aligned with their agenda
6. Corporations: Buy back their own stock (used to be illegal due to manipulation) to reduce floats and effect EPS.
7. Institutional control: Whales eat floats and then control movement
8. Pump and dumps: Designed schemes to push up stocks illegally
These are just a few examples. Rigging the stock market is not a new phenomenon and has happened since the 1700's with whales making up stories about companies in order to buy up stocks cheap. However, it got much worse in the 1980's when regulation was obliterated under Fed chair Alan Greenspan. Too much regulation restricts business, but too little allows for massive fraudulence and incompetence. The mistakes led to nationalizing of the banks in 2008 and the epic mortgage crash. The question should not be whether or not the market is rigged, but how can we benefit from this hustle and use it to make money for ourselves. Generally, if the Fed is raising rates it will cause market bearishness, but if the Fed is lowering rates, it causes bullishness. If the Fed is implementing Quantitative Easing QE (buying treasury bonds) it will provide a testosterone like shot to the market and bullishness. This is what they pulled during the 2008 mortgage crash in order to stop the bleeding and stabilize markets. What it really means is money was printed and then flooded into markets (artificial rigging). QE has been done twice more since the crash (over $4 trillion) to keep markets afloat and protect whale and deep state interests. Many feel the level of interference may even go well beyond just quantitative easing with potential buying of stocks outright (currently not legal). Smart traders/investors recognize this Fed "put" and jump on the band wagon with buying of their own. As the saying goes.."You cannot fight the Fed."