Bitcoin’s rout is taking many companies down with it and leaving those who invested in either the token or related stocks with splitting headaches and regret.
A 41-year-old skincare specialist who started investing in stocks early last year lost millions of won after she joined an online paid chat room that claims to provide exclusive information on the stock market.
Like Yoo, many retail investors are busy profit-taking from stock selling as Seoul's benchmark Kospi index continues to move up and down between 3,000 and 3,200.
While retail investors are still buying, many wonder if it really is still a good time to start investing in stocks, or whether small investors are just being pushed along because they're scared they might miss out on the gold rush.
Korea's tech-heavy Kosdaq index punched through 1,000 during trading on Tuesday.
Stocks surpassed the 3,200-point threshold to finish at an all-time high Monday, with a flurry of big-name firms set to report their fourth-quarter earnings.
Tesla is the most owned foreign stock in Korea.
Investors, led by retail investors, have been piling into shares of the country's biggest companies, leading to a bull concentrated on the big caps and a bifurcation of the market.
Short selling is returning to the stock market, but retail investors are riled up and the ruling Democratic Party (DP) is taking their side.
The fear of missing out (FOMO) is the latest epidemic to hit Korea, as stocks hit new highs and housing prices soar.