You make it sound like it’s not possible to make money in the stock market. Of course a 500% return in the short term is a fluke. However, well chosen stocks over the medium or long term can do quite well for people. My Apple investment in my 20’s helped me build my house in my 40’s! I like picking stocks of companies that interest me. So it’s not hard to keep up on them. Usually I use their products or services. It’s a lot less risky than real estate in many ways. I don’t have to pony up $500k for one stock that requires maintenance and is constantly taxed, is not transparent as to it’s value, can become illiquid for long periods, can get swallowed by sinkholes, etc. Not many talk about those that lose their shirts in real estate either.
I was with you until that line... jeez!