Chart of the year: NYSE stock volume across all exchanges

This chart of stock volumes captures so much of the risk that keeps us up at night regarding equity markets today. Although long-always investment types have been recommending stock allocations throughout the duration of this chart, rational risk-assessing investors have increasingly moved to the sidelines over the past 4 years. Market prices that are built on a few leveraged-hyper-trading-participants are inherently unstable and full of great capital risk.

See: NYSE Volume chart deceptively informative

Consider what the overall falling volume trend means:

• The financial services industry is shrinking;

• Commissions are falling

• Stock picking is being replaced with ETFs;

• Psychology is negative, as Main St is not participating and Mom & Pop have left;

• Active trading is being replaced with passive indexing;

• HFT Algos may spoof millions of phony bids, but they are having a harder time getting executed.

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One Response to Chart of the year: NYSE stock volume across all exchanges

  1. stefanie says:

    Do not fight the FED!!! Money being pumped out around the world will find its home in assets. Gold, stocks, etc are going up until the Fed is done.

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