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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.

Central Banks Consider Digital Currencies—What Does That Mean for Investors?

March 3rd, 2023

Central Banks are Weighing Digital Currencies – What That Means for Investors A vast majority (~80%) of global central banks are conducting studies on digital currencies, with some already taking steps to launch them. Several questions likely come to mind for consumers and investors when considering the prospect of a digital currency. Does this mean
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3 Factors to Watch as China’s Economy Starts to Recover

February 10th, 2023

Will China’s Economic Resurgence Live Up to the Hype? 2022 started ominously for China, with the implosion of real estate giant Evergrande. The headwinds only grew stiffer from there. Throughout the year, relentless “zero Covid” policies and the resulting lockdowns and factory closures disrupted production, trade, and consumption. Restrictions took a toll on growth –
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Will China’s economic woes trigger a global recession?

December 27th, 2022

Could China Drag the World into a Global Recession? Here’s a look at the five biggest economies in the world (as measured by total GDP), as of October 2022 according to the International Monetary Fund1: United States: $25 trillion China: $18 trillion Japan: $4.3 trillion Germany: $4 trillion India: $3.47 trillion A key takeaway from
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Red Flags in the Crypto Industry

December 2nd, 2022

Warning Signs in the Crypto Markets Coverage of a massive blowup in the cryptocurrency markets flooded the airwaves last week, and for good reason – the rapid unraveling of cryptocurrency exchange FTX was being compared to the collapse of Enron. As far as the cryptocurrency world is concerned, FTX and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, were
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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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