My 9 year old daughter is one of the smartest people that I know.  This past summer she was sharing her dream of owning Toys-R-Us or maybe starting her own toy store.

She was explaining about all the toys that she would have in the store and how they would all be really cheap so everyone could afford them.  Wouldn’t that be great!  It was with much regret that I tried to explain to her the realities of corporate life and we began to discuss the concept of shareholders.

After I explained to her that shareholders have an expectation of receiving profit (and usually as much as possible) and how that affects prices she looked at me and said “They shouldn’t be called shareholders — they should be called greedholders.”