Financial Nihilism

A philosophy on investing and markets in which value does not exist or is inherently unknowable. The claims of this ideology stems from an underlying belief that markets have no purpose and cannot, or does not, exist to do price formation on assets because of a belief that capitalism does not work.

This is a belief system held by some who participate in meme stock and meme coin projects.


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