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A ‘tug-of-war’ is pulling the stock market in 2 distinct directions — and how investors combat it will determine whether they survive the next meltdown

“While global stocks have gained 11% this year, $46 billion has been pulled from equity funds, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch” writes Akin Oyedele for This risk helps explain why some investors have stood on the sidelines of this rally, and even pulled money from equity funds.According to Alain Bokobza — Societe Generale’s head of global asset allocation and equity strategy — investors must posture for the ongoing “tug-of-war” between the bullish and bearish forces pulling on the stock market.Several investors have kept their enthusiasm tempered even as the market rebounded from a correction.In other words, their aversion to stocks was not in sync with other forces that drove the market higher.

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