The 10 most searched financial topics in 2019 according to Investopedia
Every year, the Investopedia data science team examines historical data to determine the issues that have seen the biggest rush of visitors in the past 12 months.
Their analysis showed that this year the search for data breaches, economic theories, presidential debates and, yes, celebrities influenced the top conditions.
This is usually an interesting look at where people are curious or focus their attention.
10. ESG, Which stands for environment, social issues and governance. Investors used this as a screen for deciding which companies or mutual funds to invest in.
9. Inverted yield curve, Earlier this year, when the 10-year Treasury and 3-month Treasury yields reversed and demand for short-term bonds increased, investors looked a million times over after this term.
8. Karl Marx, Yes, the godfather of socialism. Socialism has become a hot topic in the US primaries as well as in Latin America and Europe. Marx’s letter from Capital in 1867 probably had nothing to do with Medicare for All, but you got the idea.
7. Jay-Z, Actual name Shawn Carter and his famous quote "I'm not a businessman, I'm a company, man". Jay-Z owns the Roc Nation record label, which is now also a sports agency. In 2019, he helped produce the halftime show at the Super Bowl. He also owns the venture capital company Marcy Venture Partners.
6. Released employee, This term was primarily searched for in the California Assembly Act 5, where gig jobs (think Uber, Lyft, and others) may be required to treat their employees as non-exempt rather than exempt. This means that they would be qualified for overtime and minimum wages.
5. Negative bond yields, There are currently more than $ 17 trillion in negative yield debt worldwide. Around 30% of all investment grade securities currently have sub zero returns. According to Investopedia.
4. Conventional mortgage, A conventional mortgage is any type of home buyer loan that is not secured or offered by the government. When interest rates fell in 2019, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was brand new as borrowers were tied to these low interest rates.
3. FIRE, Financially independent, retire early. This movement increased in 2019 when a large number of books and videos came out, explaining to people how to retire at 35 without a 9 to 5 year old job. Investopedia noted that it was possible for some, but not likely for most.
2. Dark Web, With so many known security breaches, it's no wonder people want to find out where their data might be. Well, it's probably the Sullivan Dark Web where it can be bought or sold.
Negative interest rate, In 2019, central banks cut interest rates to boost their countries' economies due to trade wars and cyclical slowdowns. Japan, Switzerland and Sweden were among the countries that introduced negative interest rates.
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As Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor, Greg provides financial analysis for high net worth individuals. He is the author of several articles for various publications and non-profit organizations on estate and financial planning issues.
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