Retail trader: Buying gold, blue chips on dips

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The small investor remains bullish on the gyrating stock market of 2015, buying some blue chips such as IBM and Bank of America on dips after earnings misses but also using options and ETFs to hedge against the potential for short-term market declines, according to an early peak into the 6 million retail accounts at TD Ameritrade.

The little guy is also getting bullish on gold. So much so that a leveraged ETF that tracks three times the returns of gold miner shares is among the top 20 traded equities by TD clients.