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How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll

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Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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sisterofpersephone (10 hours ago)
Man..... this guy..... this fucking guy.
saurav banerjee (12 hours ago)
The best Ted talk ever ..
Harlem World (13 hours ago)
Those who press thumbs down, he did the impossible and created excellence,
Matt (21 hours ago)
Excellent mindset.
Olivia kawaski (1 day ago)
Guys dont spend all your money on yourself cause it is very stupid..money only depreciate but investments sticks there and grow... my advise is to trade your money between currencies ..people dont realise how much profit you can pull in if you are doing it right... just saying...walking away...
Dylan Jean (1 day ago)
Mrs Felicia Sherbert is the best ..she makes me about $12,000 monthly..i am a testimony of her good work
Olivia kawaski (1 day ago)
compose a reasonable email to her so she responds... try to be straightforward (feliciasherbert @gmailcom)
Jacob Holmes (1 day ago)
contact pls???
Olivia kawaski (1 day ago)
who says i can trade? i met a woman by name Felicia Sherbert in a conference and she gave me her email ..ever since she has been giving me advise on the right timing and platforms to trade my capital...she makes me about $20,000 in a month...
Stanley Marshall (1 day ago)
what of some of us that dont know how to trade on our own? what do we do please? if you have a useful information please share...
Christopher Fawcett (1 day ago)
Everything u talking they know They design it that way sorry to let u know that
Christopher Fawcett (1 day ago)
You talking to the people who doing it to us
achillkomarain (1 day ago)
Wanted to save a tiny bit of time so I changed the speed to 1.25. Man he was rapping throughout the talk and I was even more focused at each word he said! FEEL program should be at schools dude!
Penuel Yahu Bird (2 days ago)
...We´are screwed. We need a better plan(The Most high). That's a conscious mind.
THIS is real. We want what we do not know how to manage.
Rudy Labsilica (2 days ago)
muskyownz (2 days ago)
Great speech but still doesn't make me despise these murderous vermin/thieves any less. It would be best for society to exterminate them, wipe out the thugs with a bullet to dome
The Provost (3 days ago)
Ohhh trade stocks, I read it as 'trade socks'.
Sean McPherson (3 days ago)
Deffinately one of the best speaches ive ever heard ..."FREE WALLSTREET"
Elis Knight (3 days ago)
This is one of the best ted talks ever
Sephs Vi (3 days ago)
Ay yo...buy stock dawg
pink glitter4 (3 days ago)
Absolutely amazing! I wanted to hear more!
MAI MA'AT (3 days ago)
I am so proud of this man
Shaad Marley (4 days ago)
Reading is fundamental.. Knowledge is power.. money is king. #preach
PNG 4 (4 days ago)
carolanns (4 days ago)
Total respect .
carolanns (4 days ago)
Wow thankyou for sharing your story from uk .
Exterioris-vallem (4 days ago)
Damn, that was powerful! Elegantly put, and without any extra fat. I was listening to every second!
Fernando Rodriguez (5 days ago)
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PixelFever42 _ (5 days ago)
What is that necklace he's wearing? '-'
IamGhede (5 days ago)
I gotta be honest. I seen the title and the thumb nail of a black man with a microphone and only clicked because I thought this was standup comedy.... My bad!
Jonathan Levier (5 days ago)
JACK YOUNG (5 days ago)
anshul Kala (5 days ago)
God Damn..... Flawless. Absolutely amazing.
Jo Montanee (6 days ago)
I give him a standing ovation also, in front of my pc monitor. This is one of the best TED talks. God bless this enlightened young man.
a warse (6 days ago)
It’s too bad someone like this man is in prison. He can do so much good in the world.
Michal Saniewski (6 days ago)
Instead of trade stocks it should be financial literacy
Chris Pietersen (6 days ago)
Oh my god!!!!!! Hook line and sinker, he had me!
hunnerdayEDT (6 days ago)
Holy. Cow! How do I give this 20 likes!
Chi-Town Gangsta (6 days ago)
He’s been in prison for so long, he wears similar clothes like he still in there.
Courtney Black (6 days ago)
This was damn good. And as a part of the 60%, I would love to take his class.
Kgo (7 days ago)
He should write a book
Pamela BUCHANAN (7 days ago)
Hi Ted every interesting
Patrick D (7 days ago)
I can't believe how difficult his upbringing was, with family on crack, must of been very tough, I'm glad he's turned his life around and I wish him continued success.
Shandreia Copeland (7 days ago)
I need to see class!!!
Robbie Holyoake (7 days ago)
the school system is still in the past. parents need to open their eyes . it's 2018. its time for financial IQ . rugby England
Jaya Bhat (7 days ago)
This man would make a great leader. Hats off to him.
Gabriel Walker (8 days ago)
His eyebrows in wrong place.
charisma Wade (8 days ago)
This man dropping facts and everybody like " such an articulate young black man "
that was powerful!
TheLorinExhibit (8 days ago)
Oakland!!! Great talk, attention grabbing and amazing content!
Noah Archer (8 days ago)
What everyone has been saying about Mr Martin dale is true. I'm three weeks into his trading and have BTC in wallet waiting to be cashed out, I still can't believe it, finally a tutor that teaches something that actually works. I recommend him to anyone who has lost or is new to trading. Email [email protected]
A casablanca (8 days ago)
Iam an Atheist , but ill say God bless this guy 👍😇
Bucky Brown (8 days ago)
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Arthur Kristmas (8 days ago)
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Mildred Perez (9 days ago)
Oh man this guy was awesome ,i learned something from his speech he was very good.I take my hat off to him,he knows exactly what he's talking about and it's the truth.
Dubstylee (9 days ago)
so inspirational. i turned my 30k a week cocaine business into a stock portfolio which is quadrupling my investment. #knowthegame
Patrick D (7 days ago)
Desert Child (9 days ago)
4:14 is the best part 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
OceanTube (9 days ago)
stocks? stocks has always been 50/50 statistically. boy better get into options
Patrick D (7 days ago)
50/50 what?
Bennett Clark (9 days ago)
bibolcs (9 days ago)
This guy speech reminds me the movie trading places with Eddie Murphy, he is so damn right, financial education is the key, greetings from Anchorage, Alaska, The United States of America.
raventhorX (10 days ago)
Love this guys speech and I agree with many points he makes, but unless those classes also show how a person can make, and then increase their income it won't matter. There are people who are financially literate, but for some reason they can only get so far in their careers if anywhere at all that it prevents them from being able to save money to invest, These jobs are mostly low wage jobs that are considered dead end jobs as well. There are even some still trying to get a higher education, myself included" but cannot seem to get further than that low wage job. as stated by Jean luc Picard in Star Trek: "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. " This isn't the full quote but I feel this part still applies even though the quote is from a fictional character. I believe to solve the issue is we need to adjust our bottom line, People in low wage jobs should be able to live easily in this day and age with even a dead end job and in most places that is still very difficult even with two jobs these days. Fighting for minimum wage increase won't help either and everything will go up in price. What really needs to be fixed is inflation as the value of the dollar decreases the prices of things must increase to equal their original value, however not everything increases at the same rate where minimum wage has only increased slightly the cost of houses has nearly tripled while the cost of higher education has quadrupled.
Akshay Bhadani (10 days ago)
I'm being a fan of this guy what a literacy he has.
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Trish (10 days ago)
Everybody has a story... Bravo sir 👏👏👏
Adrian Hove (10 days ago)
Great talk indeed, it opened up my eyes and gave me some renewed strength to learn!
Melville Comics (10 days ago)
Man, people will dislike any video.
Melville Comics (10 days ago)
Man, people will dislike any video.
Tiffany Mathis (11 days ago)
He is a wonderful speaker.
Vishwjeet Singh (11 days ago)
this man can be a rapper too...!!!
ASAP BuDDzzz (12 days ago)
HOTT BOII RON MUSIK (12 days ago)
I want to learn? How can i find more information about stocks.
mar504 (4 days ago)
khanacademy, it's free.
jsamc (12 days ago)
click bait
IvanGotYokes (12 days ago)
Damn. This is great advice for everyone.
BushyMon (12 days ago)
He doing great things.
BushyMon (12 days ago)
Has to be one of the best talks on this page, an important topic that was told effortlessly. I honestly find it hard to believe that he couldn't read at one point!
Rod Templado (13 days ago)
"How these penny-pinchers retired in their 30s" is the video recommendation on my main feed. Glad this popped on follow-up recommendations. Thanks youtube!
Quandíno Mayhemś (13 days ago)
Am I the only one who thought that Was Kendrick Lamar in the thumbnail lol 😂
AJ Dileo (13 days ago)
Dude all the info is there and free, what are you going to do force people to read? Good luck
nedaari1 (14 days ago)
Gahdaaaaamn....that ending really had me. Just thinkin' about all the costly wild nights & days that haven't helped contribute to my future financial goals.
Diallo Khari (14 days ago)
very promising.
Charity Ava (14 days ago)
Finally! A Tedx speaker that I actually *hope* wrote a book...
brian robinson (14 days ago)
Whats that on his neck
B G (14 days ago)
Finally a Ted talk worth watching.
Nicholas McIntyre (14 days ago)
what a smart guy, wow
Joseph (15 days ago)
What’s on his neck?
Varienne Cloete (15 days ago)
Very Inspiring.
christina_love vlogs (15 days ago)
Financial stability is a bi-product of proper lifestyle
christina_love vlogs (15 days ago)
Dreams come true.
Adam White (15 days ago)
Great content check mines out
frits germs (15 days ago)
kinyanna richards (15 days ago)
Hot Stock Girl (15 days ago)
I didn't know that stock traders can be sent to prison
Pussy Slayer (16 days ago)
Murder robbery? Sorry, but there’s no excuses for that. That’s just pure evil.
Pussy Slayer (4 days ago)
mar504 Sure, but would you say the same for a rapist or child molester? Some crimes can’t be forgiven.
mar504 (4 days ago)
That may be the case, but he sure doesn't seem like the same person now. What is the benefit to society by keeping him in prison his entire life if he is rehabilitated?
Luvton (16 days ago)
delivered beautifully
Daniel Valente (16 days ago)
United steaks of America
Goddess ByNature (16 days ago)
OMG! I never dated a man in jail but knowledge is attractive! When he getting out! xoxo
Couko (16 days ago)
Financial literacy is a lifestyle! I like that.
Couko (16 days ago)
Jayhob Ackluhammad (16 days ago)
This guy gets it
Amran Siddik (16 days ago)
Wow i didnt expect the vidio to be this good. This guy was great. This is definitely one of the best ted vidios ive watched. Deserves much much much more views. The honest truth is the system is designed for failure. The powers that be have it that way so only some succed and the majority fail.60 percent of americans have less then 1000 dollars in savings that says it all. They know how to hep those with financial problem and all the aspects of live and behaviour that effect it but choose not to. America and the world would be such a great place if the powers that be wanted to help people rather then see them fail.
E Zacher (17 days ago)
Pleasure seeing a bright mind lit on fire with knowledge!
Noacks Tegrinde (17 days ago)
Simply BRILLIANT.....we need this in the UK too. We have Martin Lewis but we desperately need to teach the kids at school, as well as prison!, about finance and business, in this complicated modern world. If they are NOT taught this then they just become defenceless mice scuttling around on the ground wasting their money. Unfortunately, the immoral 'business' vultures are circling around above these poor youngsters, working out how to get what money they have out of their pockets into theirs. No Axe
Tesfalem Gebremariam (17 days ago)
Fredrik Z (17 days ago)
Why do everybody seem to think its so amazing that a black guy can trade stocks. If this were a asian or a white guy, no one would care at all.

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