US Investing Trends by Indian Retail Investors

Much has been speculated about how the recovery of the economy is shaped (whether it’s a ‘V’, ‘W’ or ‘L’ shaped one). The stock market is not the economy, but it appears that the stock market might have made a V shaped recovery?

Despite the heightened volatilities, retail Indian investors that have invested in US stocks through the Vested platform have preserved through the dip. In fact, most have taken the opportunity to buy into the dip.

We explored the 8 most popular companies on our platform (see Figure 1)

Figure 1: Top 8 stocks owned on Vested Finance

Similar to retail investors in the US, the FAANG+M (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Microsoft) stocks are very popular. This popularity might be warranted since these stocks have shown resilience towards the impact of the global lockdown and have been the primary drivers of the S&P 500’s recovery.

What is interesting is how the ownership of these stocks have evolved over time (for the first half of 2020). The chart below shows how the popularity of the different stocks have changed over the last 6 months. The shaded square box represents the middle of February through April 2020 – a very turbulent period for the stock market.

Figure 2: Comparison between the proportion of investors on Vested Finance who owned the a stock (normalized for the time period) vs. the share price of the stock for FAANG+M

Key observations:

  • Generally, investors maintained their ownership during the dip
  • They seem to have an uncanny ability to time the bottom of the market – the proportion of investors that own the particular share increases as the share price bottoms out
  • People love Tesla. Tesla is not only the most popular stock, but investors seem to not be phased by the wild swings in the share price. From the middle of February to the middle of March, Tesla’s share price declined by 60%, yet percent ownership remained relatively flat. Investors held steady to their conviction and rode the rally backup to a price of US $960 per share

This article is meant to be informative and not to be taken as an investment advice, and may contain certain “forward-looking statements,” which may be identified by the use of such words as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated,” “potential” and other similar terms. Examples of forward-looking statements include, without limitation, estimates with respect to financial condition, market developments, and the success or lack of success of particular investments (and may include such words as “crash” or “collapse”). All are subject to various factors, including, without limitation, general and local economic conditions, changing levels of competition within certain industries and markets, changes in interest rates, changes in legislation or regulation, and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results.

Our team members at Vested may own investments in some of the aforementioned companies. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or strategy will be suitable or profitable for an investor’s portfolio. Note that past performance is not indicative of future returns. Investing in the stock market carries risk; the value of your investment can go up, or down, returning less than your original investment. Tax laws are subject to change and may vary depending on your circumstances.

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