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What your 2017 returns would look like if you listened to these financial websites

edsl48

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This probably comes as a shock to nobody, but a sampling of top stockpicks from several notable investing websites reveals that, well, picking stocks is hard.

Even for the so-called financial experts.

The ValueWalk blog broke down a crop of picks from Barron’s, Zacks, CNN Money, Motley Fool, MSN and Forbes to see how well they would have fared over the past year. As you can see from this chart, you’d have been better off just throwing your money into an index fund for the most part.

Barron’s, and its well-known list, was the exception. None of the others could keep pace with the S&P 500’s SPX, +0.13% strong return of 19.4%. Big names like AppleAAPL, -0.53% and Alphabet GOOG, -0.11% helped Barron’s clobber the competition with a 22.9% return. “In selecting our 10 favorite stocks for 2017,” the editors said at the time, “we leaned toward laggards rather than chase surging stocks at often-high valuations.”

Zacks Top 10 wasn’t so bad, managing to return 15.5% after a dreadful first half of the year that saw a negative return though the second quarter. A strong year for FMC Corp. FMC, -0.04% and VMware VMW, -1.25% helped to offset a disaster in Under Armour UAA, -5.44% shares.

CNN Money’s Top 5 followed closely with a 15.1% gain. Envision HealthcareEVHC, -0.40% was a biggest loser for this one, while Broadcom AVGO, -1.38% paced the upside. Rounding out the lists that managed to finish in positive territory, MSN’s 10 expert picks came in at 14.6%, and Forbes Top 7 managed an 8.8% return.

Then there’s the one from the Motley Fool, with the subhead, “beat the market with these five promising businesses in the coming year.” Unfortunately, this is only list to come in with a negative showing, according to ValueWalk. Under Armour was the primary culprit and only Diamondback Energy FANG, -2.67% managed to outperform the S&P.
 

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All I can say about it is, if an idiot like me can make $1000 on $3500 in one quarter there is something very wrong.
 

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HOW was it even possible to get a negative return last year???
Yeah, they're all crowing about how smart they are when all they did was ride the same wave everyone else did. I'm looking forward to when things collapse, as they ultimately must, how many of these 'experts' are left standing
 

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My PM's from the 90's are doing far better, w/o the risk & high taxes.