“Buy the dip” belief has one last bastion: retail investors

Contrary to their caricature as the fickle winds of finance, individual investors are the only ones keeping the “buy the dip” faith alive. But even their appetite for losses can have limits.

The S&P 500 index is on the verge of its worst first half in decades, yet individual investors bought a net $24 billion in U.S. stocks last month, according to the latest data, which is in line with the average over the last two years released on Wednesday by flow tracker VandaTrack. Even purchases of individual stocks, which are typically more vulnerable to swings in sentiment than those of exchange-traded funds, have remained resilient, unlike during the February 2020 Covid-19 sell-off and late 2021 defeat. “Buy the dip” belief has one last bastion: retail investors

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