Buy that dip, baby!


The new national pastimes are calling the top of the stock market, commenting on Middle Eastern affairs and — buying dips.

Stocks have shown remarkable resilience as investors snap up any drop in prices, even in the face of what seem like considerable risks — an overbought market and a still potentially explosive situation in the Middle East.

Confidence in the economy, strong earnings, and inflows into equities from bond funds have been enough to push indexes to new highs on an almost daily basis even if light volume and slight gains show investors are not making aggressive moves.

Robert Auer, a fund manager at SBAuer Funds in Indianapolis said that after eight months of outflows his Auer Growth Fund had started to see inflows.

“I’m wondering if this is happening at American Funds and Fidelity and everyone else,” he said. “I’m having to put it to work because we typically don’t hold any cash, so it is causing me to do buying.”

Bond funds have seen three months of outflows, the longest streak in more than 2 years.

Over that period $23 billion has moved out of bond funds while $16 billion has flowed into equity funds, according to data from the Investment Company Institute.

A rise in market interest rates has hit bond prices recently and is helping to spur those outflows. During the week the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to its highest level since April.

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