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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.

A Better Way to Judge “Long Term” Performance

June 23rd, 2017

For investors, it’s natural to look at an investment’s performance over time to gauge how successful it’s been. But how long a time period should they consider? Many investors don’t take into account the complete cycle of a bull and bear market — instead, they rely on standard industry measures like one-, three- and five-year
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Why Warren Buffet Favors Investing With Index Funds

June 13th, 2017

Warren Buffett is one of the financial industry’s most successful and respected investors. So when he speaks, investors listen. Except when they don’t. In his Berkshire Hathaway annual letter to shareholders earlier this year, Buffet talked about the power of index fund investing, and why wealthier investors tend to ignore it.* “Over the years, I’ve
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Know These 7 Behaviors That Make You a Bad Investor

April 27th, 2017

Human brains are good at finding patterns and recognizing trends. You’d think that would make us all great investors. Actually, no. All brains have biases. For investors, it’s vital to recognize when those biases are leading us down the wrong path. At the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, the curriculum includes a behavioral finance course that
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The Nuts And Bolts of Robo Advisors: What They Are, How They Work & When You Might Want to Use One

April 5th, 2017

All robo advisors have things in common, but not all are created equal. What is a “Robo-Advisor,” Exactly? As its name suggests, a “robo advisor” is an automated system that attempts to do what personal advisors do: manage your assets according to your goals, time horizon and tolerance for risk. Robo advisors generally have three
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Why Combining Active and Passive Investing is the “Best Possible Approach”

March 30th, 2017

It’s an argument that has raged for decades among investors — which delivers better long-term returns: active investing by asset managers or passive investing through index funds? A recently completed, comprehensive statistical analysis attempted to settle that argument, and found the answer was: BOTH! “Quantitative models indicate that combined active and passive investing outperformed all-active
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Bulls! Bears! Who Cares?

March 22nd, 2017

If you invest for the long term, it barely matters WHEN you invest Are you concerned about investing with the market near all-time highs? Consider this: legendary investor Peter Lynch once ran a test to determine if stock market timing was an effective strategy. He started with two hypothetical investors. From 1965-1995, one invested $1,000
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Why Long Term Investors Should Invest Now and Never Time the Markets

February 15th, 2017

Losing money hurts. But experienced, long term investors know that periods of high volatility are inevitable. It’s part of the investing process. You can’t control their length or severity, but you CAN control how you respond. The temptation is to exit the market entirely. Unfortunately, that’s the WORST thing you can do. Why? Because no
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The Biggest Stock Market Fears Debunked

December 12th, 2016

If there’s one thing that market participants lack most today, it’s confidence. A biggest issue for investors is a reluctance to believe that the market has substantial upside left. Here is a list of the most frequently mentioned fears and concerns along with analysis on each of these issues from our wealth management team. 1. The
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