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More Americans drink coffee daily than invest in stocks

With stocks at highs, are you invested?

More American adults drink coffee daily than have money invested in the stock market.

Less than half, or 48%, of American adults have money in stocks, according to Bankrate’s Money Pulse survey. Compared to that, about 61% of adults have at least a cup of coffee daily, according to the latest National Coffee Drinking Trends.

The stock-owning Americans include anyone that has money invested in pension funds, 401(k) retirement plans, IRAs, mutual funds, ETFs or those owning individual stocks like Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA).

The low number is an alarming trend for America’s financial future.

Daily coffee consumption has been growing in recent years, while stock ownership peaked in 2007 — just before the worst of the financial crisis and Great Recession, according to data from the Federal Reserve.

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Missing out on the bull market: Americans who have kept their money on the sidelines are likely regretting it.

The U.S. stock market is in the midst of one of its longest surges in history. The popular S&P 500 Index, which tracks the 500 biggest and most well known publicly traded America companies, has risen over 200% since it bottomed out in March of 2009.

To put it another way, if you took roughly the $ 1,200 a year spent on buying a daily Starbucks (SBUX) grande caffe latte and put it in the stock market in March 2009, you would have $ 3,600 today.

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“Despite the market hitting record highs, retail investors have dramatically increased their allocation to cash,” says Suzanne Duncan, global head of research at State Street’s Center for Applied Research.

The stock market gains are only making the rich richer, exacerbating the nation’s inequality problems.

Related: Apple stock is making regular Americans rich

Why people don’t invest: The Bankrate survey identified a number of factors that keeps people from investing. The biggest problem by far is that people don’t have enough money to invest.

As CNNMoney has reported, median household income in America isn’t much higher than where it was in 1995. Many families simply aren’t seeing their finances improve enough to feel comfortable investing in stocks.

Related: Half of Americans are saving next to nothing

It’s particularly problematic among young adults. Just over a quarter of adults under 30 reported having any money in stocks or in funds that invested in stocks, according to the Bankrate survey. Young people have the most to gain by investing in stocks since research shows that they the market is likely to rise a lot in the decades before they retire.

The next largest barriers are that people don’t feel educated enough about the stock market, they don’t trust stock brokers, and they think it’s too risky to be in equities.

Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Schwab’s Center for Financial Research gets a lot of inquiries from fearful investors who aren’t sure they want to get into stocks or get back in.

“People often call and ask me: ‘What about the flash crash?'” Federick told CNNMoney. “I tell them that’s only happened once and the market came back. Let’s focus on the other 99% of the time.”

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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

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Welcome back from the long weekend! Now, get ready for an eventful day.

Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

1. Stocks set to slide: U.S. stock futures are firmly in negative territory as investors get ready to react to the disappointing U.S. jobs report, which was released on Friday when markets were closed.

The monthly jobs report showed only 126,000 jobs were added in March, the lowest since December 2013 and well below the 244,000 new jobs expected by economists.

The unemployment rate remained stable at 5.5%.

Related: This week in the markets could get ugly

2. Show me the money!: Despite continual talk about its difficult financial situation, Greece said it has enough money to make a crucial debt payment this week to the International Monetary Fund.

Greece needs to pay the IMF about 460 million euros ($ 505 million) this week, but some were concerned the country wouldn’t come up with the money.

European traders are expected to react to this latest Greek development on Tuesday when markets reopen after the long weekend.

Greece needs to repay its loans or risks stumbling out of the eurozone.

3. Crude recovery: Oil futures are climbing ahead of the open, recovering from a dip last week as traders worried about Iran soon ramping up its oil production.

Crude is rising by about 3% to trade around $ 50.50 per barrel.

The U.S. and other world powers reached a tentative agreement last week that would see Iran scale back its nuclear capabilities, which would lead to a lifting of international sanctions. These sanctions have kept Iran from pumping and exporting its vast oil reserves.

Related: Fear & Greed Index

4. Thursday market recap: All major U.S. indexes finished last week with small gains ahead of the long Easter weekend.

The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 both edged up by 0.4%. The Nasdaq notched a 0.1% gain.

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American cash is flooding into European stocks

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Investors can’t get to Europe fast enough.

American cash is pouring into European stocks. Last week alone, U.S.-based funds sent a record amount –$ 3.9 billion — into Europe equities. That’s according to EPFR Global, a research firm that tracks fund flow data.

“The trend is definitely accelerating,” says Cameron Brandt, director of research at EPFR.

U.S. investments going to Europe thru mid-March have already outpaced February’s total and are triple the size of January’s figure.

Here’s why investors are flocking to Europe:

Related: Surprise! Euro shows signs of life vs. U.S. dollar

Europe’s stock success: It’s no secret that European stocks are hot right now. Since the European Central Bank announced its stimulus plan for the continent in January, markets have surged.

The STOXX index (SXXL) is up 16% this year while Germany’s DAX has risen 21% in 2015. Markets in Belgium, Sweden and even Spain — yes, Spain! — are doing great so far too.

That’s a lot better than the U.S. markets, which are up just over 1% so far this year. As U.S. stocks look pricey, investors see more upside potential across the pond.

“It’s time for Europe to play catch up,” says Kevin Kelly, portfolio manager at Recon Capital, which holds investments in Europe. “That’s why you’re seeing investors and funds flow into Europe.”

The stimulus plan has weakened the value of the euro, and at the same time the U.S. dollar is gaining value. The euro has rallied a bit this week, but it’s still near 12-year lows. Many believe the dollar and euro could be equal later this year.

The currency situation makes European companies more attractive to investors because their products are cheaper to sell than American companies’ products. European exports are on the rise, and the eurozone economy is showing signs of a pick up.

Related: Germany’s stock market is the hottest in the world

Expect the trend to continue: The flood of money into Europe is unlikely to stop any time soon. Sixty-three percent of fund managers want to invest more in Europe this year, according to the most recent BofA (BAC) Merrill Lynch fund manager survey. That’s the highest rate since 2001.

One of the hot-ticket items right now for investors is exchange-traded fund (ETF) that own European stocks. Investment in those ETFs so far this year has doubled compared to the same time a year ago, according to BlackRock.

I like Europe, but not the euro: There’s just one problem for American investors looking to cash in on Europe right now: the euro. A 16% return for European stocks in euros doesn’t look so good when you translate that back to U.S. dollars.

That’s why investors are looking for ways to protect against a further decline in the euro.

Related: What’s an exchange-traded fund?

Enter the ETF that takes out, or hedges against, the euro and all its troubles.

It allows investors to put their money in a fund that covers a variety of European stocks without losing a profit due to the euro’s weakness.

“Currency hedged ETFs are very popular right now,” says Marc Chandler, head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, a private bank.

Deutsche Bank (DB) just launched three new ETFs that all hedge against currencies. BlackRock’s (BLK) iShares hedged ETF in Germany is up 15% in the past few months.

Another euro-hedged ETF run by WisdomTree (WETF) is up over 20% this year. It covers stocks in Germany, Spain and France, such as Daimler and Anheuser-Busch.

“You now have the choice to say, ‘I like Europe, I don’t like the Euro,'” says Chris Gannatti, associate director of research at WisdomTree, which specializes in ETFs.

Related: European stocks love QE. Can the rally last?

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Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

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Welcome to Wednesday.

Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

1. Fed in focus: All eyes are on the U.S. Federal Reserve as it ends its two-day policy meeting. The Fed is expected to leave monetary policy unchanged, but rates are widely forecast to go up this summer.

Investors are particularly interested in what chairwoman Janet Yellen will have to say at 2 p.m. ET about the timing of an interest rate rise.

“[This Fed] meeting announcement and press conference have the potential to reshape market expectations around the start and pace of Fed tightening,” explained Maury Harris, an economist at UBS.

2. Politics setting the pace: The main Israeli stock market is edging up by about 0.5% after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory for his Likud party following a tumultuous election. He’ll now have to work on forming a coalition government with other parties.

Meanwhile, British investors are awaiting the latest U.K. budget, an annual event where the government outlines its plans for taxes and spending. Chancellor George Osborne’s speech could set the tone for campaigning before the U.K. general election on May 7.

Related: Fear & Greed Index

3. Mellow morning for stocks: Investors seem to be in a mellow mood Wednesday. U.S. stock futures are relatively stable. European markets are mixed in early trading. Asian markets also ended with mixed results.

But it’s worth keeping an eye on the DAX index in Germany, which is edging lower as anti-austerity protests outside the European Central Bank’s new headquarters turn violent.

Looking back to Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 128 points, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% and the Nasdaq rose 0.2%.

4. Stock market movers — Sony, BMW, Standard Chartered: Shares in Sony (SNE) jumped by 5.5% in Japan after the company announced final third quarter results showing sales and profits were better than preliminary figures reported in February.

Shares in British bank Standard Chartered (SCBFF) are rising by about 7% in London. Analysts have been raising their ratings on the stock, according to reports. Investors have become more optimistic about the struggling bank after it said it would install a new CEO, Bill Winters, who previously worked as the co-head of JP Morgan’s (JPM) investment bank.

Shares in BMW (BAMXY) are declining by about 3% in Germany after the automaker posted higher annual sales and profits, but the growth wasn’t enough to impress shareholders.

5. Earnings: FedEx (FDX) and General Mills (GIS) are reporting ahead of the open.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and Guess (GES) will report after the close.

Related: Have an investing question? Ask CNNMoney!

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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

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The Apple event is over. Let’s move on.

Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

1. Stock market movers — Credit Suisse, Qualcomm, Urban Outfitters, Audi: Shares in Credit Suisse (CS) are surging by about 7% in Europe after the bank appointed a new CEO, Tidjane Thiam. American Brady Dougan, who has led the Swiss bank for the past eight years, will be stepping down in June.

Shares in Qualcomm (QCOM, Tech30) are rising by about 4% premarket after the high-tech chip maker announced a massive share buyback program worth at least $ 10 billion. Plus, the company is also hiking its dividend by 14%.

Urban Outfitter (URBN) shares were moving higher in extended trading after the retailer reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Sales topped $ 1 billion for the first time.

In Germany, shares in Audi (AUDVF) were rising by about 4% after the automaker reported solid full-year results. The company’s chairman said Audi is hoping to set new sales records in 2015.

2. Global market overview: U.S. stock futures are moving down, alongside a slide in European markets. Most Asian stock markets ended with modest losses.

Crude oil futures and gold prices are both declining by about 1%. And the U.S. dollar continues to push higher against a number of global currencies, in particular against the euro.

“The relative strength of the U.S. economy is clear from the action of the dollar overnight,” explained Tom Beevers, CEO at StockViews.

Traders have pushed the U.S. currency higher as they expect the Federal Reserve will be forced to hike interest rates soon from rock bottom levels. That contrasts starkly with the eurozone, where massive monetary stimulus has just started.

On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average rose by 139 points, the S&P 500 edged up by 0.4% and the Nasdaq closed with a 0.3% gain.

Related: Fear & Greed Index

3. Earnings: Barnes and Noble (BKS) is reporting ahead of the open. Weibo (WB) will report after the close.

4. Chinese inflation recovers: Official data shows consumer prices in China rose by 1.4% last month, recovering from a five-year low in January. However, the jump in inflation is generally being attributed to the shift in timing of the Chinese New Year.

“We still expect inflation to fall back below 1% in [the] coming months,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, a China economist at Capital Economics.

Downward price pressures in the world’s second biggest economy prompted the central bank to cut interest rates at the start of the month.

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