At the Institute we call it "pumping the market." It does not involve the long term future of human development, but rather the short term capture of the market value flux (manipulated by some means). One day's bad news on say the currency market can give immense payoff to the big money boys. It's been going on for quite a while, although the majority of working citizens are clueless.
It is one reason for the contemporary Leftist "reaction" against capitalism, i.e. they do indeed realize this is going on. But they blame "conservatives," as a political reaction, rather than declare that human integrity is the antidote (because they do not know what that means anyway).
It is true in any case the US federal government, including the "Republican" establishment, because it has far too much control over economic parameters, is as corrupt as any government on the planet. Power breeds corruption.
Isn't George Soros famous for doing this?