The continued rise in the DOW is a product of IRA's and 401K plans. People at their place of work are putting aside $300 plus a month in their respective plans that most often invest in the S&P 500 or DOW indexes as most investors are not stock market savvy. Added to this is the fact that Goldman Sachs has found that if they hook their machine trading programs into the market on light days, they can run the market up or down to their liking. They can place derivative "bets" in the market and then manipulate it to their liking and make billions. The Obama administration knows about Goldman's manipulation and had decided to do nothing about it because Goldman has promised a big contribution to the Democratic Party if left alone to manipulate the market. In that regard, Obama is just as corrupt as Goldman and should be put on trial for theft. The Banks all will start selling when they have derivative bets that will pay off if the market goes down. To show you how corrupt it is, look at the P/E ratio of Intel or Chase Bank. They should have P/E's of 12 or so, but are carrying P/E's four times normal. If the banks want the market to turn south, they will move it that way and then all those fools with 401K plans and IRA's will lose their money all over again. Watch and see.