Hedge Funds Cashed In on 2023 Rally That Retail Investors Missed, Bank of America Says

The US stock market had a great 2023 with the S&P 500 Index gaining 24% and the Nasdaq 100 Index having its best year since 1999, but mom-and-pop investors may have missed out on the excitement.

Retail investors fled US equities last year, according Bank of America Corp. client flow data. Meanwhile, hedge funds appear to have been the smart money, plowing cash into stocks as the market continued to soar.

US Stock Market Had Stellar 2023

In all, BofA clients were net buyers in 2023, funneling $66 billion into US shares, strategists led by Jill Carey Hall said Wednesday in note to clients. Purchases were most pronounced among corporations and hedge funds, which posted their first net inflows to the asset class in four years. On the other hand, institutional and private clients were net sellers, with the latter group pulling the most money from US stocks since 2019.

Hedge Funds Are The Biggest Net Buyers in the Past 12 Months

Source: BofA Securities