In striking shift, small investors flee stock markets

Monday, August 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

Investors have withdrawn a staggering $33.12 billion from mutual funds in 2010

By GRAHAM BOWLEY
MSNBC.com

Renewed economic uncertainty is testing Americans’ generation-long love affair with the stock market.

Investors withdrew a staggering $33.12 billion from domestic stock market mutual funds in the first seven months of this year, according to the Investment Company Institute, the mutual fund industry trade group. Now many are choosing investments they deem safer, like bonds.

If that pace continues, more money will be pulled out of these mutual funds in 2010 than in any year since the 1980s, with the exception of 2008, when the global financial crisis peaked.

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