Here's a game that can be a fairly good analogy of the stock market, which has three possible directions: up, down, or flat. Baccarat This game is usually described in exaggerated terms as "elegant" or in this version "thrilling". This game is in fact neither elegant nor thrilling. It is exceedingly simplistic, and dull, and can be exasperatingly pointless. The only thing that makes this game potentially "thrilling" is the large amounts of money that can be won or lost in a single wager by people playing it. Just so, the stock market is usually described in exaggerated terms, when in fact it can be simplistic, exceedingly dull, and exasperatingly pointless, and is only interesting for the most part on account of the large amounts of money that can be won or lost on it.