Since I am going to be a chef, I am considering to start investing instead of trading. So let me ask this. Intuitively, as long as the human population continues to grow, the economy has to grow. Right? But what I don't understand is that when economy grows, why the stocks continue to rise and split and rise provided the companies exist. I know EPS, which are mostly less than 5% or lower. That means it needs 20+ year earnings to pay the shares at the present value. This scares me. I just don't get the idea of investment. Help appreciated.