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World markets  |  March 27, 2013 13:39:41

Beginning of the End - retail investors flock to equity funds!


American savers and small investors finally threw away the shame and fear and in January put into stock funds total of 37.9 billion USD. It is the largest volume for more than 5 years. After a relatively long period of strong uncertainty nonprofessional investors decided to take risks and to enter the stock market - at a time when stock indices are a large part of growth in a row and moved from their historic highs. The development of net cash flows of U.S. equity funds since 2007, the chart below shows.

There are two important things that this entails. Firstly, Americans realized that the financial crisis of 2008-2009 is definitely behind them. This is for the U.S. economy undoubtedly good news because consumer consumption is likely to rise due to the effect of perceived wealth and greater uncertainty about future unforeseen expenses and possible loss of employment is slowlybegin to fade from their subconscious. Greater optimism eventually actually lead to a reduction in the unemployment rate and lower unemployment encourage higher consumption and investment. The American economy may soon return to their pre-crisis performance, perhaps surprisingly quickly.

The second observation, which, as a result, it is not possible so optimistic. Mass inflow of funds into equity mutual funds, together with an increase in stock prices means that markets have their greatest movement already past, and retail investors react with a long delay to the ongoing trend. Increased economic growth, therefore, probably will not last too long ...

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