Retail traders are becoming manic about trading stocks. The constant drumbeat of new highs combined with zero commissions has proved to be irresistible, and a record number of them have account balances worthy of bragging rights.
According to Fidelity, there has been a surge in the number of accounts worth more than a $1 million.
The rate of growth over the past year is among the most impressive we've ever seen. The only time that can compare is in 2009, but that was coming off a very low base following the financial crisis. This is more indicative of a runaway market than a recovering one.
Bollinger Bands and momentum
As Seth Golden noted, the S&P has gone many days without a -5% pullback and is currently more than 2 standard deviations above its 200 day average.
When the S&P went 117 days without a -5% drawdown from 1 year highs while it was more than 2 standard deviations above its 200 dma, the S&P's forward returns on nearly every time frame were more bullish than random.
This is the main contradiction right now in stocks - things are stretched to a degree that usually precedes flat or negative returns over the short- to medium-term, but when it gets so stretched, it has an even stronger tendency to lead to higher returns longer-term.
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The post titled 7-figure accounts surge along with mo-mo market was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2020-02-14.
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