Geopolitical unrest, price hikes, and the job market all played major parts in 2022’s market turbulence. Which stories drew the most attention from investors? Here are the the top Google searches related to investing in 2022.
According to Jenna Ross of Visual Capitalist, this infographic from New York Life Investments displays the most popular investing-related Google searches in 2022 and provides a deeper look at a few of the trends.
Top Google Searches: Year in Review
According to Google Trends, we selected some of the most popular economic and investment stories that had the most search interest in the United States each month.
Let us take a closer look at each quarter to examine how these top Google searches were related to economic activity and investment portfolios.
The repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war and the record number of American workers quitting their employment at the beginning of the year were notable events. For instance, after the conflict created supply uncertainty, the price of crude oil surged. The peak price of $125 a barrel in early March was a 13-year high.
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The energy sector as a whole did well, despite crude oil losing virtually all of its gains by year’s conclusion. In actuality, the S&P 500 Energy Index rose 57% over the course of the year while the S&P 500 fell by 19%.
A bitcoin crisis, abnormal housing price increase, and a resurgence of value investment were all observed in the second quarter of 2022. Particularly throughout the course of the year, value investing outperformed growth (read below) investing by a wide margin.
Historically, value stocks have performed better during increasing interest rate environments, and 2022 was no different.
Worries about a recession and inflation, as well as interest in the strengthening dollar, dominated the third quarter. In fact, the American dollar rose against almost all other major currencies.
Because they would receive a better return on their fixed income investments, increasing interest rates made the U.S. dollar more alluring to investors.
OPEC’s decision to reduce oil output, significant job losses in the tech industry, and speculation over the direction of interest rates dominated the last quarter of the year. The trend of the policy rate can be inferred from the economic forecasts released by the Federal Reserve in December 2022.
The Federal Reserve anticipates that rates of interest will peak in 2023 and remain high above pre-pandemic rates for the foreseeable future.
The Top Google Searches to Come
Economic unpredictability persists after a year of volatility across all asset classes. Which topics will get the most Google searches from investors in 2023?
Cryptocurrencies have evolved over the years, and today it is one of the most popular assets for investment. There are more than 300 million people around the world who own cryptocurrencies. 2022 was not the year for cryptocurrencies, especially after its all-time high in November 2021.
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