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The stock market is at all-time highs, but trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange is at 15 year lows.
Quite simply, the mom-and-pop investor has had enough and is leaving the market.

One likely culprit for the decline in trading volume is the shrinking number of market participants, especially on the retail side…
Retail investors have been “beaten up,” said Pado, pointing to the painful losses inflicted by the bursting of the dotcom bubble and 2008 Wall Street crisis. “You had a one-two punch on a whole generation that was completely crushed.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/13/1291610/-Americans-increasingly-rejecting-the-stock-market-cuts-Wall-Street-profits

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