Contrary to their caricature of the fickle winds of finance, individual investors are the only ones keeping the “buy the dip” belief alive. But even their appetite for losses can have limits.
The S&P 500 index is poised for its worst first half in decades, but individual investors have still bought $24 billion net worth of U.S. stocks in the past month, matching the average of the last two years, according to the latest data. released Wednesday by stream tracker VandaTrack. Even purchases of individual stocks, which are generally more sensitive to changes in sentiment than those of exchange-traded funds, remained robust, unlike the February 2020 Covid-19 sell-off and late-2021 rout.