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October 16th, 2009
08:49 AM ET

Are You Buying Stocks?

The New York Stock Exchange closed above 10,000 twice this week. It’s up 53% since this past March. But behind that gain – not a lot of individual investors. Market analysts tell the Washington Post that it's mostly pension funds, hedge funds, and institutional investors…and we’re trying to understand why that is.

Have you bought stocks in the last few months? Why or why not? If not, what will it take for you to take the plunge?

Post your comments here.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. John Showalter

    You bet! Now is the time to get back into the stock market, that is, if you want to make any money... or you could just wait and see and then feel sorry that you didn't get in earlier... BUY LOW, SELL HIGH!

    October 16, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  2. Daniel

    Are you kidding me? I would have been investing since March if I only had the money. I would even invest now if I had the money to invest. Funny that people wait for the markets to go up to invest. Had they invested - assuming they have money to invest - back in March, they'd have a small college fund for their children by now.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  3. Omni

    We see the market as a time to jump in. As of end of Apr 09, we had lost a little more than a third of our portfolio. We decided to do something about it, therefore, in May, we took the losses and used the proceeds to start aggressive trading. As of end of Sep 09, we had gain everything back.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  4. David

    Just to emphasize, I'd love help assessing the market and the economic picture in this country to begin to providing for the future.

    October 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  5. Dodie ~ California

    NO! There is No way I will invest in the stock market. There are 4 reasons why I will Not invest.

    1. derivatives (Satyajit Das – a leading derivatives expert )
    2/ Hedge Funds
    3. Lobbyists
    4. World Bank and our dollar

    There is a big push to remove the American dollar from the world bank as its currency. If this happens, the dollar will have little worth = dropping our stock market!

    My investments are in gold, land, and other currencies besides the American dollar! We are just too unstable right now to invest in the stock market! All of our major banks are still betting with derivatives ,, It is a safer bet in Las Vegas than with our banks or stock market.

    In a run-a-way market, investing would be very foolish.

    October 18, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  6. Ronni

    Who can afford to buy stocks? Who wants to risk losing money? The folks buying stocks are the CEOs and Bank Executives making the high salaries cause they can afford it. They got bailed out!!

    October 22, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  7. Frances Tsai

    President Obama should not provide more troops to Afghanistan. The cost of the war and the loss of american lives is not warranted in a country that has not demonstrated they want a substantial change in their country. Let them demonstrate they are willing to take control of their own destiny, then we can assist, if we have the resources in that change. The cost of this war as well as the war in Iraq is detrimental to our country's economy. We are sinking along with them.

    November 3, 2009 at 10:44 am |