Recent news and social media buzz around the low numbers of Americans currently participating in the stock market have brought up a few key considerations we’d like to take the opportunity to explore. In Stock Markets Rise, but Half of Americans Don’t Benefit, New York Times economic reporter Catherine Rampell highlights the fact that the number of Americans who have money invested in stocks has been gradually falling, despite recent gains in the market.
Only 52% of American adults have invested money in stocks; Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan blamed the low percentage on two major factors: 1) fear of the stock market and 2) lack of funds to invest in it. While this might be a somewhat oversimplified, we appreciate that fear of the unknown and general confusion about how to safely invest in the stock market are a major barriers keeping possible investors wary of the market and therefore uninvolved.
This lack of understanding ties directly to our purpose at Market Power Indicator – simplifying the stock market. We’re here to break it down for new investors, small investors, potential investors that have concerns about the risk implicit in choosing to invest their hard-earned income, and investors who simply don’t know where to start.
We strive to make investing more approachable by providing resources that facilitating your ability to invest in the market and work towards achieving your investment goals. We’ve developed the tools you need to participate in the market with more confidence.