Cash is king.
Bonuses aren't paid in stock.
So while we buy their "dip" in stocks, Corporate Executives (CEs) get cash. CEs pay their Elected Official's off in CASH.
We buy low, while the monied interests expect to sell at lower.
Stock buybacks aren't embezzled in the shadows, they're paraded on conference calls and letters to their investors. Legal means disclosed. By the time we vote with our dollars, they've been made more worthless. Inflation isn't magic, it's designed and created by the financial elite to ensure that their assets increase in value while the time you trade for income continues to decrease in cost to them.