Fewer than half of the US population owns a single share of stock and even fewer Americans are in a position to start their own businesses. Nonetheless, at least in rhetoric this nation remains the land of the self-made man—and occasional woman. Many believe they still have the opportunity to be real entrepreneurs—by investing in corporate America through the stock market. Stock markets provide all our citizens the chance to invest in those companies with promising products and technologies. Companies use capital from the markets and loans from banks to expand plant and innovate.