Vanguard's Gus Sauter on How Investors Have Changed

How have investors changed since 2008?

As I wrote in November: not very much. Despite the Dow Jones Industrial Average being essentially flat over the last decade, investors are still broadly invested in the stock market, and did not panic as markets plunged in 2008 and 2009. Data from brokerage houses like E*TRADE (Nasdaq: ETFC  ) and TD AMERITRADE (Nasdaq: AMTD  ) shows American investors still have a strong taste for investing.

Earlier this month, I sat down with Gus Sauter, chief investment officer of the Vanguard Group, which is one of the largest investment companies in the world. I asked him how the past few years have changed Vanguard investors' attitudes and perceptions of the market. Here's what he had to say:

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  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2012, at 12:55 PM, Classof1964 wrote:

    Given the fact that Glass-Stegal has been repealed, big banks are bigger than ever, moral hazard restraint is sorely weakened, derivatives are a huge part of the financial world, that lobbyists managed to weaken Dodd-Frank in significant ways, the activist majority of Right Wingers on the Supreme Court has given unlimited license to big money to influence politics, it is a good thing for younger investors to be more conservative! The investing universe that existed from the 1940s until the 1990s has fundamentally been changed and has not been put back together.

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