Retail investing boom may spark concerns, but strategist says markets have lived through it before

SINGAPORE — Retail investors have been fueling a frenzied buying boom in markets this year, sparking fears that they are driving too much speculation in the market.

But Christopher Smart, chief global strategist at Barings Investment Institute, suggested that the risks could be overblown.

“It’s something we’ve lived with — through the dotcom bubble and market ups and downs since then — as retail investors, obviously when there’s a big run-up, it tends to draw retail investors in, late in that process,” he said.

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