1. Who started Invade Wall St., and what's the inspiration behind it?
Invade Wall St. was started by a group of traders working inside the financial industry who saw and are still seeing highly informed people make fortunes while the overwhelming majority of the world is living in fear of what seems to be a decaying reality and an unknown future.
The truth is there is no such thing as a good or bad economy on a micro or personal level. We live in a world where your network is truly your net worth. The gap between anyone experiencing economic freedom comes down to the quality of information you share with the friends on your Facebook page.
A good economy represents preparation for the unknown but inevitable. A bad economy is a reflection of people living in the now, even when they know things can be better. Knowing that you're employed today is no guarantee of employment tomorrow.
What amazes our founding group is how many "brilliant" people, in the US and around the world, don't see this time in our history as anything more than a recession. This in turn gives hope to the uninformed masses that everything will revert back at some point to some sense of normalcy if we can only reform Wall Street or replace politicians with those who will "DO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE."
Yet we govern our own homes and personal economies as poorly as our leadership in Washington has done for decades.
We will soon have to deal with the reality that the world is not in a cyclical recession, but that the world has been going through a fundamental reset since the advent of the Internet. What was once normal will cease to exist.
What was once impossible will become commonplace for those who choose to revolve in a world of actionable information. Media hysteria, outdated education, political gamesmanship, and protest movements, while valuable, are viewed as weak responses when sitting inside of corporations that produce billions on quarterly bases.
Protests as well as grassroots movements must develop an economic engine within their movements in order to plant and cultivate the seeds of change in the face of powerful people who see no value in change. This is the inspiration behind the Invade Wall St. movement.
2. What services and/or products are offered via Invade Wall St.?
We offer three services via Invade Wall St.:
1. Good Capitalism
3. Simplicity and Economic Sovereignty in Regards to Investing
Good Capitalism is a sea where all boats rise, not just yachts. If any 9 to 5 working Republicans read this, we are not advocating a version of socialism, but capitalism and free enterprise version 2.0 via some of the biggest financial markets the world has to offer.
Within markets who offer substantial liquidity lie the foundation for a form of capitalism that actually builds value for society and serves individuals beyond those that provide capital, i.e. Wall Street, the corporate elite, or the 1%. At the same time, it speaks to one’s own personal and selfish sense of prosperity.
The system of investing we offer members of the Invade Wall St. movement is the same system we developed for professional floor traders, but with some added safety features. These features make it more suitable for smaller retail investors who simply want more money and really have no interest in becoming a professional trader.
To successfully run the system takes about 10 minutes per day Monday through Thursday.
This is an extremely low risk, high reward approach to investing, unlike what 70 million people are experiencing in their 401k plans which have a limited upside and a huge downside. The results you’re going to experience with this system are quite frankly phenomenal!
We're not exaggerating when we say this is probably going to be the easiest money you'll ever make. The only thing that could make this system fail over the long term is you not sticking to the rules. That's it! If you stick to the rules of the system, you'll do very well when compared to any current investment you already have.
The founders of our movement believe leaders amongst the grassroots movements should confront together the problems that no one can solve alone. When leaders everywhere no longer express as much confidence about the future as they once did and when we've spoken to some candidly, it often sounds as if they feel trapped in quicksand, unable to move forward easily.
The methods and tools that helped them succeed in the past no longer work. The challenges they face—such as poverty, community violence, health, environmental risks, etc., all have an inadequate infrastructure.
When they try to reach beyond the boundaries of their own supporters through government agency, or nongovernmental organization, there often is no clear pathway to success.
Our goal is to not only build wealth for members, but to set a social community with a purpose. It's akin to a laser focused version of Facebook. When you find a friend here, it's a new supporter of your movement, often in your city, who's currently building wealth via our investment program.
Simplicity and Economic Sovereignty in Regards to Investing
Our lives are more complicated and difficult to manage than ever. Our economy to the untrained eye seems more uncertain than ever. Our resources are scarcer than ever. There is endless choice and feature overkill in all but the best experiences. The simple life is a thing of the past as we all chase the dollar and a dream.
We often say, "The noise is deafening, but clear signals are weak." Everything is too complicated and time-consuming, resulting in confusion in the marketplace.
We want to welcome everyone to the age of subtraction.
Subtraction is defined simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, or hard to use--and the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. When you take this approach to building wealth, you'll find the process easy to understand and rather exciting.
When you lower the noise level in your life, signals become strong. Strong signals lead to better decisions. Better decisions lead to prosperity. Prosperity leads to a life of economic sovereignty. This is how we'll change the system.
3. Why do you think many people continue working in jobs they don't enjoy?
Just about everyone you come across today is going through some kind of struggle in their lives. Most people bear such a heavy burden, quietly and alone, so focused on making sure it looks like they have everything under control that they forget they don't have to have it all under control.
When you are under that type of pressure it leads to fear--fear of the unknown.
Every hour of every day people have conflicting thoughts run through their minds, always with the constant pressure of money looming in some form or another. This makes most people confused and timid.
The stakes seem too high to make a change because your thinking is clouded with so much noise. Millions of people go through these struggles every day throughout the world.
4. Are you finding that the Occupy movements have moved people to make changes how they earn and/or spend money?
We have been in rooms with CEOs who look at the movement as nothing more than a minor distraction. In fact, a big financier we know calls it "street theater." The movement has the organizational skills but lacks the resources to bring about permanent change in a corporate environment where quarterly profits are counting in the hundreds of millions. The change has to come from the inside out.
You have to invade the system and its core, which are the shareholders--everyday people just like you and me. The shareholders give the greed in Wall Street the lifeline it needs to conduct business as usual. Until the base of shareholders change, nothing will change, at least not permanently.
If IWS really wants to change corporate structure and impact the economy, talk to shareholders. Talk to your parents, uncles/aunts, cousins, and friends who own shares of stocks either directly or indirectly and have them state loudly and clearly that they want change.
You might even consider buying a share of stock. If you don't have money to invest, this is where the Invade Wall St. Movement can help you. Our process builds risk or investable capital. Simply meaning, it is extra money outside of the money you need to live and pay your bills.
Target the company's shareholder meetings en masse through your grassroots movements. Let them know how you feel about the best interests of shareholders. If all else fails, via the Invade Wall St. process you'll still build wealth with like-minded people, so you can start your own enterprises that better address the needs of the people overall.
5. What are two or three relatively simple things people might do if they want to take more control of their finances?
Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can, every penny you can. Instead of coffee, drink water. Instead of going to McDonald's, cook a meal at home. Cut up your credit cards. If you use a credit card, you'll always find yourself behind the eight ball. The first step to becoming economically sovereign requires discipline.
Second, you must have cash available. You aren't saving for retirement. You are saving for the moment you need cash. Buy and hold is a sucker's game for you. A perfect example will be the 70-plus million people that are stuck in 401k plans. Cash is king. Our investment philosophy only puts cash in the market when the market is moving.
Most importantly, changing your personal economy means getting smarter. Investing time in yourself and becoming knowledgeable about how the market flows is vital. It's also important to share the knowledge with your family, friends, and social network. This is why we established such a community with Invade Wall St. Your network will impact your net worth.