This is a trend that makes some rational sense. Could it be that retail investors are increasingly not as dumb as the financial industry has traditionally banked on? Could it be that alternative information from non-mainstream media sources via the internet is helping people to be more aware of real trends in the global economy and less like lambs-to-the-investment-sales-slaughter? Or is it that regular investors are figuring out that the wild west freak show of HFT casino, Central Bank leverage, and insider-front-running that has become public markets is no longer a game worth playing? 13 years into this secular bear in global stock markets, it could also be that under-saved people are feeling their financial vulnerability again as global demand continues to slump and economy after economy tips into the third recession since 2000.
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