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Day Traders Miss the Days When Stocks Were Wild and So Much Fun

Individual investors who poured into markets via apps such as Robinhood last year lament the lack of volatility and supersized gains.

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Photographer: dowell/Moment RF

The thrill is gone.

A year into a pandemic that sent stocks plunging then soaring, individual investors are confronting a market that’s offering up smaller gains and fewer wild swings in everything from meme stocks to SPACs and social-media friendly ETFs.