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.

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

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.

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20 thoughts on “How I learned to read — and trade stocks — in prison | Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll

  1. Greg Weeks

    "FINANCIAL ILLITERACY IS A DISEASE THAT HAS CRIPPLED MINORITIES FOR GENERATIONS AND GENERATIONS!!"

  2. Orlando Coombs

    Prisons are turning out more scholars and entrepreneurs than public, private, and charter schools, colleges, and universities combined. Thats backwards. Cause there are people in prison right now who know the system better than the cops, judges, lawyers, and prosecutors combined. You got dudes in prison with law degrees practicing law right now. Prisons are teaching more marketable skill sets that should be taught on the outside, incarcerated people are coming out of prison and starting big businesses and becoming successful in so many fields. The largest and most successful barbering school in America is owned by an ex con named Chin Nwani. But prison should never be a kid's aspiration cause 90% of convicted felons are forever fucked. They can't get a job, they can't vote, attend most colleges, join our military, rent an apartment, get public housing, and if they get a job, it's a nasty menial job that no one else wants. But I'm proud of those who have turned their lives around for the better.

  3. shoeman

    Why does he have to talk so ghetto? I mean you can act reformed but nobody will believe or trust you until you lose the thug act.

  4. Sweeping Sweeper

    Okay was expecting him to say something abt his portfolio and how he made money off that

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