Since the financial crisis of 2008, there has been much discussion about the potential for financial institutions to influence and, perhaps, even to manipulate, the stock market. This course examines the major participants in the market, their individual roles, and their interaction with other market participants. What are the ways that dominant institutions profit? Are there conflicts of interest, and, if so, how do they impact individual investors? How are prices determined, and how do trades get executed in the market? This course is designed for those who have basic knowledge of the stock market and would like to better understand the participants and dynamics of the market. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion; Viewing Videos.