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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.

How 1% in Fees Can End Up Costing 28% in Returns

May 16th, 2019

People are starting to realize the importance of fees when evaluating an investment. But many have not yet grasped just how big an impact fees have. In a report titled “A Look at 401(K) Plan Fees,” the U.S. Department of Labor demonstrated how fees and expenses can impact long-term returns. It assumes an employee with
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Bulls! Bears! Who Cares?

May 3rd, 2019

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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Know These 7 Behaviors That Make You a Bad Investor

April 18th, 2019

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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Why Warren Buffett Favors Investing With Index Funds

April 4th, 2019

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, Buffett 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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Active or Passive Investing—Which Gets Better Results?

March 22nd, 2019

Which is the best approach for maximizing long-term returns … actively investing funds using an asset manager, or taking the passive approach using index funds? It’s a debate that has raged among investors for decades. After all this time, a comprehensive statistical analysis1 has delivered the verdict. And the answer is: BOTH! According to the
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The Snowball Effect: Turning $5,000 a Year Into Nearly $1 Million

March 12th, 2019

It may not take special stock-picking skill for an investor to turn $5,000 a year into nearly $1 million in their lifetime, according to Ron Baron, billionaire founder of Baron Capital.1,2,3 “It’s all about compounding,” he says in a recent CNB article. Baron calculates that “if you invest $5,000 a year for 30 years …
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Zacks Advantage Achieves Back-to-Back Top Rankings from The Robo Report™ by Backend Benchmarking.

February 27th, 2019

After achieving a top-ranking (#1) for Year-to-Date Top Performers for Total Portfolio and Equity portfolio in Q3, 2018 by The Robo Report by Backend Benchmarking, Zacks Advantage has once again achieved a performance-based honor in the just-released Q4, 2018 report. In the fourth quarter and end of the year (annual) ranking, comparing performance among the
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The Most Reliable Way to Build Wealth is No Mystery

January 22nd, 2018

Saving part of your income to help build wealth long term is better than doing nothing. But it’s not necessarily the best approach. Why? Because it doesn’t let your money compound as fast as it might if it were invested in higher-performing investments like high performing stocks. “Compounding causes your wealth to snowball over time
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