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Zacks Advantage Blog
Welcome to our blog, your resource for information on investing trends, financial planning, market and economic developments, and other news of interest to Zacks Advantage investors.

The Short and Longer-Term Outlooks For Tech Stocks

November 11th, 2022

A Mixed Near-Term Outlook for Tech Stocks The broad US and global stock markets have been under pressure in 2022, but technology stocks specifically have fared even worse. Year-to-date through September 30th, the S&P 500 has fallen -23.9%, which seems steep until you consider Technology’s -31.4% decline and Communication Services’ (which includes many key technology
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Growing Tensions in the ESG Investing Space?

October 6th, 2022

Is There Growing Tension in the ESG Investing Space? ESG investing – which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance – has been growing in popularity over the past several years. In 2021 alone, the market for ESG funds reached an all-time high, with an estimated $120 billion flowing into ESG-themed ETFs. A growing share of
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Is the Economy Actually Contracting or Not?

September 26th, 2022

Is the U.S. Economy Actually Shrinking? Official statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show the US economy contracted by -1.6% in the first quarter and then again by -0.9% in Q2.1 Technically speaking, two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth meets the technical definition of an economic recession, but whether or not the U.S.
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A Wild Year for the Global Energy Markets

September 26th, 2022

A Wild and Eventful Year for the Global Energy Markets At the beginning of 2022, the American benchmark for crude oil prices – West Texas Intermediate – was trading around $80 a barrel. Then the war happened, which sent oil prices soaring past $100 a barrel and had many analysts predicting that $200 a barrel
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Our Outlook For International Stocks

August 5th, 2022

The Outlook for International Stocks Global stocks have come under pressure in the first half of 2022. The war in Ukraine has created volatility and uncertainty in the energy markets, and inflation is rising around the world – not just in the US. To make matters even more challenging, China instituted strict lockdowns in major
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How Does the Current Tech Selloff Compare to the Dot-Com Bubble?

June 30th, 2022

Is the Technology-Led Selloff Another Bubble Bursting? Pronounced market volatility during the week of June 13 caused broad U.S. stocks (S&P 500) to post their biggest weekly decline in two years. For the June declines and 2022 as a whole, technology stocks have led on the way down. In April, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index
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What Does a Strong U.S. Dollar Mean for the Markets?

June 17th, 2022

A strong dollar is great for U.S. consumers, but not a reliable indicator for investors. The U.S. dollar has spent most of 2022 strengthening. Through the end of May, the U.S. Dollar Index – which tracks the dollar against a basket of developed foreign currencies – was up 6% year-to-date and is up over 12%
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Analyzing the ‘Recession Trade’ that surfaced in May

June 3rd, 2022

Inside the ‘Recession Trade’ that Surfaced in May The month of May has been characterized by selling pressure across just about every asset class, and a closer look shows investors shifting into a defensive crouch. By Friday, May 20, the broad market as measured by the S&P 500 was off by -6.4%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq
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