The powerful rally we've seen in stocks this year still hasn't lit a fire under the retail...

The powerful rally we've seen in stocks this year still hasn't lit a fire under the retail investor, with a recent Gallup survey showing that mom and pop have been not been big beneficiaries of the S&P 500'd nearly 18% surge in 2013 to a succession of record highs. Nearly 54% of retail investors told Gallup they've benefited only "a little" or "not at all" from the recent market rally. And they're perfectly OK with that. While missing the big gains, what's more important is that feel that as long as they're not losing money, they're on top.
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  • wmateri
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    This market is just going to keep "climbing" until the suckers are enticed back in. There's no one to buy out the "investors" who have been relying on Ben's monthly injections, so they can bank their profits.
    15 Jul 2013, 08:32 PM Reply Like
  • Reliability
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    The retail investor is better off putting their hard-earned money toward local investments in real people and productive businesses. How this is done is not as straightforward as putting money into the stock market-turned casino, but it is very much what this country needs. The idea that the casino will yield even greater returns after the streaks we've seen is a fool's faith. The refreshing observation is that many a burned retail investor has learned his lesson and won't be making the same mistake, and the younger generation could care less/doesn't have the money, so the expectation of greater fool forming the basis of top may simply not occur this time. The Fed is doing everything it can to hold this ponzi up. Remember people: local businesses, real people - don't lose your money to the house.
    15 Jul 2013, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • Placebo Investment Advice
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    To the average schmoes in my region, bank accounts are worthless, stocks are lottery tickets, gold is the latest scam gone bad, and bonds are boring. What's left? Real estate mini-mania 2.0. Most of these folks already own real estate. They pine away for some easy money to "invest" in a single family home to rent out while (they hope) it goes back to the old bubble highs faster than the first time.


    Uncle Ben Bernanke beat Greenspan at his own game.
    15 Jul 2013, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    If bonds are "boring", recommend dividend-paying blue chips. If still too "boring", recommend a trip to Vegas. If that's still too "boring", recommend running drugs from Columbia to the US.


    They could also rent info-mercial time and try to sell a newer/better get-rich-quick scheme, which sounds like the Schmoes in your region are really looking for in the first place.
    15 Jul 2013, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Julius Ferraro
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    Biggest losers in this scenario are the stock focused new channels. Talk about new highs all you want.... Nobody's listening
    15 Jul 2013, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • montanamark
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    15 Jul 2013, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • 13761362
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    if The Surge continues to translate into slower growth and reduced incomes then obviously "Government complaints" will grow exponentially at the State and local level. THAT is what is not sustainable...not the "market rally" per se. there must be a generalized "societal purpose" to the rally to give it life and thus allow it to continue. i've presented a multitude of reasons for the rally to begin with but it is a combination of factors that must arise to make these things sustainable. obviously there is no repeal of the cyclical nature of these matters--financial, economic or otherwise. i believe there are ways to create sustainability here. all i've seen ytd is the exact opposite until very recently actually. we'll see the result
    15 Jul 2013, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • Common Guy
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    We should have a recession around late 2014 to early 2015. Meanwhile the market could keep going up....
    15 Jul 2013, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • tehfleet
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    even if retail investors arent in the market, they'll still lose to the invisible tax called inflation
    15 Jul 2013, 10:45 PM Reply Like
  • youngdub774
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    The game isn't rigged, retail investors just don't know when to sell or buy puts.
    16 Jul 2013, 12:06 AM Reply Like
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