Worst Stock Picks 2024 (So Far)

And, equity crowdfunding review 2024.

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Worst Stock Picks 2024 (So Far)

The stock market is up in 2024, with the S&P 500 up 15.3% in the first half of the year. However, some stock sectors struggled and disappointed investors.

Biggest Loser: Real estate was the worst-performing sector in the first half of 2024. It lost about 6% of its value and was the only sector to decline in 2024.

Early Bird’s Nest Egg Gains: The horrible first half for real estate can be chalked up to several factors.

  • Higher for longer interest rates have made borrowing for real estate purchases more expensive. Inflation is still higher than expected.

  • Real estate companies are also very sensitive to interest rates because they often carry a lot of debt. Higher rates mean higher borrowing costs, which hurts profits.

  • REITs (real estate investment trusts) are facing competition from other high-yield investments, including savings accounts, that offer better returns in 2024.

Other Laggards: Real estate is not the only struggling sector in 2024. The materials sector only gained about 4% and consumer discretionary stocks increased by just 5%. Material stocks are down because of economic uncertainty and supply-demand imbalances. High interest rates and lower consumer spending are challenges for discretionary stocks.

Final Thoughts: Is it possible that these failing sectors turn things around in the second half of the year? Yes! Some analysts believe that the sell-off in real estate stocks may be overdone. If interest rates decline, these stocks could benefit.

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Notable Earnings Today: N/A.

Notable IPOs Today: RF Acquisition Corp II Ordinary Shares (Nasdaq: RFAI).

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Hit The Spot! (Honeycomb).

Notable Economic Events Today: Unemployment Rate (8:30 a.m. ET), Nonfarm Payrolls (8:30 a.m. ET), Average Hourly Earnings (8:30 a.m. ET), Labor Force Participation Rate (8:30 a.m. ET), Private Nonfarm Payrolls (8:30 a.m. ET), Fed Monetary Policy Report (11:00 a.m. ET).

Equity Crowdfunding Review 2024

How is equity crowdfunding going in 2024? Let’s find out.

Definition: Equity crowdfunding allows everyday investors to invest in startups online. Investors received equity or debt.

Success Rate: About 23% of startups are reaching their funding goals in their equity crowdfunding campaigns, according to the platform NextCrowd in 2024.

Biggest Raises: Who’s raised the most money from investors in 2024 so far? According to KingsCrowd, Miso Robotics and AtomBeam AI each raised $6.8 million.

Problems: It hasn’t been all good in equity crowdfunding. The equity crowdfunding platform Mainvest closed in June.

Final Thoughts: Investing in startups can be rewarding, but also risky.

Shiba Inu’s Bad Week

The cryptocurrency Shiba Inu is having a bad week and is down over 10%.

Final Thoughts: A big reason for this decline is because meme coins are considered risky during times of higher interest rates.

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