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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.

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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How $5,000 a Year Can Become Nearly $1 Million

January 11th, 2018

Any patient investor can turn $5,000 a year into nearly $1 million in their lifetime. So says Ron Baron, billionaire founder of Baron Capital.1 In a recent CNB article, he calculates that “if you invest $5,000 a year for 30 years … it’s worth $890,000″ based on historical stock market returns. “It’s all about compounding.”
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Participate in the Market While Mitigating Risk

November 29th, 2017

Savvy investors know that one of the best ways to maximize stock market returns over the long term is to simply stay invested. Market timing has been shown time and again to underperform a stay-invested approach. That said, the current bull market is close to becoming the longest one ever. If you have the vast
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Waiting is the Hardest Part. It Can Also Be the Costliest.

November 8th, 2017

Investors are always told to “buy low and sell high.” But a recent study by Goldman Sachs suggests that a “buy low and sell high” strategy is not only unpredictable, it’s undesirable. Even investors astute enough to divine when the market was near the top – not an easy thing to do – and sold
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Surprise! Most Stocks Aren’t Very Good Investments

October 19th, 2017

The stock market is often touted as the best choice for growth-oriented investors, based on its roughly 10% average annual return over the long term*. But that figure masks a surprising discrepancy: the vast majority of stocks don’t deliver anywhere near that type of return. In fact, if you exclude the top performing four percent
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Paying More Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get More

October 9th, 2017

Beware the money manager who charges high fees and justifies them with a “highly sophisticated” trading strategy. It’s tempting to equate exotic or complex methodologies with a higher degree of sophistication, and therefore submit to massive fees in order to pursue higher returns that “regular joe investors” can’t access. But in fact, there often seems
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How 1% in Fees Can End Up Costing 28% in Returns

September 20th, 2017

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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A Hedge Fund Group Accepted Warren Buffett’s Index Fund Challenge. It Did Not Go Well for Them.

August 31st, 2017

In 2008, Warren Buffett bet the hedge fund industry they could not beat a typical S&P index fund over a decade. One group was brave enough to take on that challenge. After nine years, the results are becoming clear, according to an article on cnbc.com. It’s officially a rout: The portfolio of hedge fund is
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