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Cover Story: Fear Factor

Volume Outlook Bleak as Investors Shun Stocks

Traders Magazine Online News, March 5, 2012

Peter Chapman

On Wall Street, risk is suddenly a four-letter word. Retail investors can't stomach it. Pension plan sponsors are allocating away from it. That's bad news for stocks. Volume has been dropping almost nonstop for three years and shows no signs of improvement. The situation is worse than it was following the crash of 2000. It's worse than it was after the crash of 1987.

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