URBAN VILLAGERS & STOCK MARKET It was winter, and the villagers asked their New Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern society, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his Tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He dialled the meterological department and asked 'Is the coming winter going to be cold?' 'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,' the weather man responded. So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood. A week later, he dialled Weatherman again. "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" 'Yes,' the Weatherman replied again, "It's definitely going to be a very cold winter." The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later, he dialled up the Weatherman again. 'Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?' 'Absolutely,' The man replied. 'It's going to be one of the coldest winters ever.' 'How can you be so sure?' the Chief asked. The weatherman replied, 'The village folks are collecting wood like crazy.' This is how stock markets driven the world over and local currency exchanges work.