For many years the prevailing mantra in the equity market had always been “buy the dip”. Every time the market fell, investors bought the dip and encouraged others to do so. However, that approach seems to have disappeared in the carnage of the last couple of weeks. Whereas falls used to be followed by rallies that pushed the market higher, the last few weeks has been characterized by more sustained losses with shallower rallies. Nordea Asset Management’s chief strategist sums up the mood change well, saying “We’ve seen a shift from buying on dips to selling into strength … We’re increasingly moving from glass half full to glass half empty; that’s the narrative here”.
FINSUM: We think that view sums it up well. While we do believe stocks won’t enter a bear market right now because earnings and the economy are solid, we sense that something in investors’ psyches has fundamentally changed.