Investing Dying as Computer Trading, ETFs & Dark Pools Proliferate
There’s an old Wall Street adage meant to inspire investors that goes “it’s not a stock market, but a market of stocks.” Consider that dead.
Computer trading, dark pools and exchange-traded funds are dominating market action on a daily basis, statistics show, killing the buy and hold philosophy still attempted by many professional and retail investors alike. Everything moves up or down together at a speed faster than which a normal person can react, traders said.
High frequency trading accounts for 70 percent of market volume on a daily basis, according to several traders’ estimates. The average holding period for U.S. stocks is now just 2.8 months, according to the Crosscurrents newsletter. In the 1980s, it was two years.
“The theory that buy-and-hold was the superior way to ensure gains over the long term, has been ditched completely in favor of technology