Investors are increasingly staying away from stocks – but, oddly enough, this may turn out to help the markets in the long run, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Because of problems with earnings and fears of terrorism, skeptical investors are not trading as much in the stock market. Instead, many are buying Treasury bonds and loading up on cash. But once they decide to dive back in, they may have more money to spend on stocks and mutual funds.

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