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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.

Why Tech Stocks Are Getting Hammered

March 18th, 2022

Why are Tech Stocks Getting Hit So Hard? As the Russian invasion and spiraling oil prices continue to roil markets, one category of stocks in particular has taken an outsized beating – technology. With the selling pressure in the first week of March, the tech-heavy Nasdaq officially slid into bear market territory, declining more than
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What you should (and shouldn’t) do in this volatile market

February 15th, 2022

Equity Markets are Volatile – What Investors Should and Shouldn’t Do The stock market has been edgy in 2022. The year opened with the S&P 500 reaching an all-time high on January 3. But by the opening of trading on January 24, the index was down -12% from the peak – a steep and sudden
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Chasing hot investment trends can burn you

February 9th, 2022

Beware of Hot Investment Trends The world is awash in liquidity, which has put investors all over the risk curve. For instance, 2021 was a solid year for major U.S. and global indices, but there were plenty of investment traps and dead-ends to navigate. The “meme stock” and SPAC craze early in the year blew
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4 Tech Trends to Watch in 2022

January 4th, 2022

4 Technology Trends to Watch in the New Year (And Beyond) 2020 was a banner year for many technology companies – the S&P 500 technology sector soared +43.9%, not in spite of, but because of the pandemic. As uncertainty draped over the U.S. economy and as large segments of the population leveraged technology to work
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Big Tech companies are the new conglomerates

December 17th, 2021

How Technology Companies are Becoming the New Mega-Conglomerates For decades, companies like Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Dupont were widely known in the U.S. as expansive, do-it-all conglomerates. The goal was not to make one product or provide one service. The goal was to deploy savvy management and leadership teams across multiple industries, establishing
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Semiconductors and the U.S. Economy: Past, Present and Future

December 2nd, 2021

What Semiconductors Say About the U.S. Economy’s Past, Present, and Future Chips are everywhere these days. It’s not just computers and iPhones that have semiconductor chips – it’s also coffee makers, washing machines, refrigerators, new cars and trucks, even dog grooming machines. Chips make everyday products and gadgets “smart,” and there are a lot of
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Will Holiday Retail Sales Disappoint the Markets?

November 15th, 2021

Will Holiday Retail Sales Disappoint the Markets? Most readers are likely aware of the supply chain issues facing the U.S. and the world. Products are missing from the shelves, delivery times keep getting longer, and the prices of many goods and services have been moving higher. Surging demand, rising input costs, jammed ports, labor shortages,
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How will inflation and rising rates affect the market?

October 26th, 2021

Are Inflation and Rising Interest Rates Going to be a Problem for Markets? Inflation is everywhere, and there’s a possibility it may not be as ‘transitory’ as the Federal Reserve had once hoped. In a Labor Department report released last week, September’s consumer price index posted a 5.4% increase from a year earlier, which maintains
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