February 21, 2024



The Secretive Industry Devouring the U.S. Economy

The Atlantic

By Rogé Karma

October 30, 2023

The publicly traded company is disappearing. In 1996, about 8,000 firms were listed in the U.S. stock market. Since then, the national economy has grown by nearly $20 trillion. The population has increased by 70 million people. And yet, today, the number of American public companies stands at fewer than 4,000. How can that be?

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