Chapter 16: Trading and investing behavior during COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic was a global shock. This chapter summarizes the research on the trading and investing behavior of individuals during the pandemic. Primary findings of this research include an increase in trading intensity by individuals, and an increase in new individuals participating in the financial markets. Behavior consistent with speculative trading and gambling is observed, contrary to beneficial behavior. The passage of time will allow for analysts to acquire more and improved data to answer questions more fully. The chapter proposes a number of research questions that have not been addressed, or fully addressed, but could or should be. For example, future research should consider ways for more individuals to make well-informed decisions regarding their trading and investing decisions in general, and particularly in extraordinary circumstances such as COVID-19 when financial markets are volatile. The COVID-19 era presents opportunities to examine topics of interest in the behavioral economics literature, and measures of risk tolerance and aversion.

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