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Jim Cramer Thinks Investors Are 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking They Can Never Beat The Market

Jim Cramer Thinks Investors Are 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking They Can Never Beat The Market

Individuals chose not to invest in the stock market for many reasons with one of the more common reasons stemming distrust in the market following the 2007 financial crisis and the 2000 bubble. But CNBC's Jim Cramer has a different take: Investors are being "brainwashed" into thinking they can't earn a profit on their own.

Speaking during Monday's "Squawk on the Street" segment, Cramer suggested that people have been convinced by "very powerful marketers" that achieving superior returns can only be achieved through stock picking experts or artificial intelligence machines designed by the smartest programmers in the planet.


Cramer continued that people have programmed to think it is impossible to achieve superior returns, but in reality, the top investment ideas are front and center in daily life. For example, savvy individuals who understood the popularity of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX)'s original programming could have bought the stock years ago.

Another example includes recognizing Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ)'s improvements in its products, ordering and delivery systems, which helped push the stock from a mere $10 at the start of the decade to today's price of around $190 per share.

Examples like these have been "right in your face" this whole time.

"It's recognition of trends," Cramer emphasized. "Trends that you and your friends see — or you and your kids see. It's the recognition that every kid has an Apple [when the stock was trading at] $15."

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