Market Movements

IMX Score Hits One-Year Low In January

Retail traders are net buyers as 2022 begins, but higher interest rates and a strong move into treasuries pushes score lower

TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index measures investors activity and their position in the markets.

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) decreased to 7.07 in January, down from 7.97 in December. The IMX is TD Ameritrade’s proprietary, behavior-based index, aggregating Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors actually were doing and how they were positioned in the markets.

The reading for the five-week period ending January 28, 2022 ranks “Moderately High” compared to historic averages.

“Volatility defined the month of January, and our clients continued the trend of lowering market exposure as we face many uncertainties, including interest rate increases, inflation and geopolitical risks,” According to JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist, TD Ameritrade. “As may be expected in times of uncertainty, we saw many clients made their way into treasuries, until they get a clearer picture on Equities.”

January began with opportunistic buying as indicated with buying interest in equities, though this led to a tapering of demand and, ultimately, lower levels of purchasing in the latter half of the month. The month finished with a couple of strong sessions but still ended as the worst month for the market since March 2020, and the worst start to a year since the global financial crisis. Volatility heightened as the Fed indicated it may start hiking rates in March, and global central banks are expected to begin or continue tightening their monetary policies as well, with the Bank of England and the European Central Bank set to meet in early February. Trading in January was marked by selling in some of areas of the market with more price inflation, particularly unprofitable tech companies, and a general rise in volatility as markets braced for sustained volatility.

TD Ameritrade clients were net buyers of equities in January. Some of the popular equity names bought in January were:

  • NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)
  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
  • Rivian Automotive (RIVN)
  • Block Inc. (SQ)
  • Walt Disney Company (DIS)

While the market started the month with a strong move to the downside, some companies did not sell off immediately and clients used this strength to exit some positions. Names sold during the period included:

  • Carnival Corporation (CCL)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)
  • Walmart Inc. (WMT)
  • Visa Inc. (V)
  • Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM)




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