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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Investors Flee to Cash

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02:  A trader works on t...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeAnd there off, no not the thoroughbreds, but the investors running down the track looking for financial security in cash and away from stocks. North American stock markets had one of their worst days in recent history. Even gold was not immune from this stampede away from equities and into cash.  

Volumes were high, for example the NYSE hit 7.5 billion shares, not quite double this year’s average volume of 4.12 billion, so this sell off could not be attributed to low volume. Rather the very real fear of a global financial crisis sparked this panic sell by investors.

It almost seemed as if worried investors were sitting on the back of a bucking bronco and the only way they could see of staying on the horse was to liquidate as quickly as possible. Some banks are actually considering charging customers for holding their cash.

The next few days will be very interesting in deed. Will buyers step in to pick up undervalued stocks? Will Friday’s job numbers spark a buying spree or will they create further turmoil?

Stay tuned and lets see where the finish line is and which investors steer the right course.

Stay on Track,Money Magazine Hoss

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