Small investor panic selling creates great opportunities for investors

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MSNBC opines that the recent massive stock sell-off reflects the panic that dominates the small investor scene. If truly irrational move, this panic might indicate that this is also a good time to invest.

Thursday’s big sell-off, which saw the Dow Jones industrial average move by triple digits for the ninth time this month, was the latest evidence of a crisis mentality that has taken hold on global financial markets, turning the usually quiet month of August into a nail-biter for small investors. A lot them have just one word for their broker: “Sell.”

“You’re talking about money exiting the market en masse and it’s completely wanting to get out stocks agnostic of sector,” said Art Hogan, a managing director at Lazard Capital Markets. “What we’re having right now is panic selling.”

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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