small investor

Small investor

An individual person investing in small quantities of stock or bonds. This group of investors makes up a minimal fraction of total stock ownership.


An investor who deals in securities only occasionally, especially when he/she deals only in small quantities. Odd-lotters are also called (more formally) small investors. Odd-lot theory holds that odd-lotters are both poorly informed and risk averse; this theory encourages larger investors to do the opposite of whatever odd-lotters tend to be doing at a given time. This theory has little evidence to support it, and few have held it since the 1990s.

small investor

A person who occasionally buys and sells securities, generally in relatively small amounts. See also odd-lotter.
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Bert was trying to impress Tom with the idea that the reconstructed Grubb & Smallways offered unprecedented and unparalleled opportunities to the judicious small investor.
In order to protect small investors, the chairman and all members of the SECP [Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan] should be arrested immediately," one small investor todl the Reuters news agency.
Thomas is an expertly instructive guide to becoming a successful small investor in a specialized sector of the real estate industry.
The small investor doesn't have a chance against market fluctuations," agrees Ron Leach, vice president of accounting at the Cleveland-based Eaton Corporation.
But the 1990s have also been a time when the small investor has tended to act more rationally and calmly than the big boys on Wall Street.
We very firmly believe that we now can and should afford the small investor the opportunity to compete equally with institutional orders.
The significant role in the machinery of capitalism played by the small investor isn't something Catholics can ignore.
IN APRIL, THE RESOLUTION TRUST Corporation (RTC) unveiled a new, comprehensive Small Investor Program specifically designed to reach individual investors or groups with moderate levels of capital to purchase real estate and other assets.
NEW YORK -- Crown Business today announced the publication of Joel Greenblatt's new book, The Big Secret for the Small Investor.
3 /PRNewswire/ -- Small investors have increased the proportion of their investment portfolios in stocks and stock mutual funds by 54 percent since the beginning of the 1990s, according to Money magazine's Small Investor Index.
WASHINGTON -- Please join Stop Too Big to Fail (STBTF), a small investor coalition that supports real financial reform by addressing the problem of too big to fail institutions, for a media teleconference on Friday, April 16 to learn about the soon-to-be-released television ads urging small investors to remain skeptical of the current financial reform bill.

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