Look at this…
Obama just gave William Swanson $6.5 million….How?
All he had to do was mention the possibility of making airstrikes in Syria, and Raytheon’s share prices went up about 12%…Raytheon produces the missiles that the US would likely use.
Swanson is the CEO of Raytheon, and owns about 650,000 shares of the company.
Obama gave even more to Raytheon’s largest shareholder, Vanguard Group, roughly $166 million.
The practical lessons here are that share prices are both incredibly important, and incredibly easy to impact.