Steven Roge, CFMC
Word has it traditional buy-and-hold investing has fallen out of favor as investors have become increasingly frustrated with the market’s gyrations and largely sideways performance. The most recent data show that frazzled investors have generated net inflows into money market and related instruments (such as bank CDs) in July and August despite their miniscule yields. Routinely whipsawed by volatility, who can blame these investors for wanting to get out of a trader’s market? Trading tools and ostensible strategies appear to be of little use in these unsettled times, which have seen gold hit a series of new highs – never a good sign for equities.