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Investors scared to death of stocks: Bullish sign?

Fighting investor fear

The latest evidence that some people just can't get enough comes from investors who say they're still afraid of the stock market—despite a stunning 180 percent gain over the past five years.

In a survey by released Monday, fully 73 percent of respondents say they're no more inclined to put capital to work in equities than they were a year ago, even with a low rate of returns on other investments like savings accounts and certificates of deposit.

The number is consistent with the 2013 and 2012 surveys—which saw readings of 76 percent—and comes even though the stock index surged 29 percent last year.