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Is the Long Bull Market Tired Out?

Investors are worried that good news can’t get better and are looking for signs of trouble

One of the things that’s been making professional traders nervous this year: you. Or at least individual investors a bit like you. In March daily trades from just two retail brokers—E*Trade Financial Corp. and TD Ameritrade Inc.—accounted for more than a quarter of the volume on the New York Stock Exchange.

Small investors’ recent interest in stockpicking stands in contrast to the long-term trend in a bull market that’s more than nine years old. For the most part, Main Street hadn’t seemed all that interested in Wall Street—investors were gravitating to index funds and exchange-traded funds

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