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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.

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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Are Bonds Still A Good Volatility Hedge?

May 20th, 2022

Are Bonds No Longer a Good Volatility Hedge? Most readers are aware of the ongoing volatility in the stock market. Generally speaking, selling pressure in the stock market should mean that bonds – and in particular U.S. Treasuries – are holding their own and maybe even zigging where stocks are zagging. But that has not
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Can Fed Raise Rates Without Triggering a Recession?

May 13th, 2022

  Can the Federal Reserve Raise Rates Without Triggering a Recession? The Federal Reserve is firmly on the path of tightening monetary policy in 2022. The question is whether they get it right. At the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting next month, market-watchers expect the Fed to raise the benchmark fed funds rate by
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How to Approach the Ever-Changing Energy Sector

April 25th, 2022

How Should Investors Approach the Ever-Changing Energy Sector? The war in Ukraine has surfaced somewhat of an existential question for the energy sector. The world is slowly but surely attempting to transition to renewable energy sources but is still very reliant on oil, natural gas, and to a lesser extent, coal. World leaders have committed
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Is Volatility and Uncertainty Good for Crypto?

April 1st, 2022

Is Global Uncertainty Good for Bitcoin? Cryptocurrency proponents have long insisted that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies would see their value increase when volatility and uncertainty shook the world. The narrative suggested that when inflation spun out of control, when war broke out, when volatility in the stock market soared, etc., it would be digital assets
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