Not surprisingly, the media is in disbelief and so are hedge funds, with their net long positions near record low levels for fear of continued investment losses and investor redemptions. The individual investor, also burned by the bear market, has redeemed out of mutual funds by record amounts, and based on my conversations with high net worth stock brokers, many retail accounts have similarly raised cash, or even have closed their brokerage accounts.
Meanwhile, a new marginal buyer -- namely, pension plans -- might have already begun to levitate stock prices recently as their portfolio has been skewed by the marked outperformance of fixed income vis-à-vis equities. And with the yield on the 10-year U.S. note climbing over 3% yesterday, that asset allocation might continue to have a salutary impact on stocks.
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