The Long-Awaited Return of the Retail Investor?

"We believe that according the name 'investors' to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a 'romantic.'" -- Warren Buffett

For the last four years, the market has been dominated by actively trading institutions. So it is very nice to see that, for a change, the current market rally appears to have a good amount of retail participation.  Ever since the market bottom in March 2009, we've seen a steady withdraw of funds by individual investors, even though the market trended steadily upward.

The cheap money supplied by the Federal Reserve to institutions, which had no place to go but into the market, more than offset the exodus of the individual investor. However, it also changed market dynamics and the way in which the market traded. Instead of excitement and growing optimism when stocks trended upward, we saw these joyless, one-way moves that both bears and bulls seemed to hate. The normal human emotions that accompanied a strong market just didn't seem to exist any longer. ...493 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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