Market Risk And A Fear of Flying The fear of flying is different than the risk of flying. The fear of flying is an anxiety disorder whose source often has little or nothing to do with the actual risk associated with flight. Statistically, flying is much safer than driving a car. If you want to live longer – when you travel, fly more and drive less. My thesis is that many people have difficulty investing in the stock market because they suffer an anxiety similar to the fear of flying. It’s a fear that something bad will happen that has a very low probability of happening. Statistically, investing in stocks is very safe in the long term.
Madoff Ponzi Scheme: Five Years Later It was the first week of December, 2008, and Bernard Madoff's world was in turmoil. Financial juggernaut Lehman Brothers had just filed for bankruptcy protection in what be the largest corporate bankruptcy in history, and financial markets were in a tailspin. Investors were making withdrawal requests from his investment firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, at an increasing pace.