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Zacks Short List Pursues Substantial Profits When the Market Turns Bad

You are invited to follow this portfolio's buys and sells in real time for the next 30 days.

Bear markets are inevitable, and when they strike with full force, most stock portfolios will be utterly mauled. Fortunately, however, the Zacks Rank works both ways and can be used to predict which stocks are most likely to drop. At any given time, our computer-driven, Zacks Rank Short List formula spotlights 10 companies primed to fall much more than the average. This makes these stocks exceptional shorting candidates.

Portfolio Features

  • Buy & Sell Alerts
    update you via email or text message as soon as trades are added or removed from the portfolio.
  • Market Commentary
    briefs you on the latest developments and how they affect your trades.
  • Guide
    includes important tips to help you get the most out of the Short List portfolio.
  • Strategy Focus
    Profit from Stocks Going Down
  • Average Holdings
    10 stocks
  • Average Holding Period
    1 month*
  • Trades Per Month
    15 to 20 trades

*Could run longer to maximize profit potential

Average Return
+24.8% per year

Using Zacks Rank Profit Power

This service applies the timely predictive power of the Zacks Rank to buy and sell decisions. From January 1, 1988 to July 1, 2019 this proven system has more than doubled the S&P 500. The average gain has been +24.8% per year.

From $10,000 to More Than $10.7 Million

S&P 500 vs. Zacks #1 Rank List Hypothetical Return on 10K Investment: Jan 1, 1988 - Jul 1, 2019
$241,289 S&P 500
$10,760,579 Zacks #1
Rank List
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Maybe +24.8% per year doesn't sound thrilling, but let's suppose you had invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 in 1988. Rebalancing monthly and not counting fees, you would have more than $240,000 today.

But if you had put that same $10,000 into the Zacks Rank system, it could have compounded to more than $10.7 million dollars.

ZR performance

+24.80% +24.8% +14.39%
+17.93% +17.9% +16.37%
+9.58% +9.6% +12.45%
+5.18% +5.2% +12.88%
+2.03% +2.0% +9.95%
+10.63% +10.6% +18.55%

Hypothetical values




Focus List performance

+8.60% +15.14%
+12.88% +24.95%

YTD Dates

June 30, 2019Jun 30, 201920190630
July 01, 2019Jul 01, 201920190701

Short List is grounded on stocks that are Zacks Rank #4 "Sell" and Zacks Rank #5 "Strong Sell." Based on declining Earnings Estimate Revisions from brokerage firm analysts, this unbiased, mathematical system detects stocks that have great prospects for short sellers. In fact, from 1988 through 2016, "Strong Sells" have performed 6X worse than the S&P 500.

About The Editor

Options Trader Editor - Kevin Matras

The Short List formula was developed by Executive Vice President Kevin Matras who heads up all trading and investing services at Zacks Investment Research. He is seen on television, regularly contributes articles to financial publications and sites, and authored two celebrated books, Finding #1 Stocks and How to Consistently Beat the Market. Matras has created more than 100 winning stock-picking strategies and directs Options Trader.

Making Money from Bear Markets

How would this proprietary formula have performed during past bears? Testing shows that while the S&P 500 plummeted -33.8% from July of 2008 through March of 2009, Zacks' Short List would have gained you +69.3%. From April of 2000 through October of 2002, while the market dropped -39.5%, you would have gained +159.5%.1:

Total Cost for 30-Day Access to Short List: $1

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  • Large-Cap Trader Selected large-cap stocks offer greater resistance to volatility than small caps, and yet can fly under-the-radar with strong growth potential.
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  • Options Trader Blends the +24.8% yearly gain power of the Zacks Rank with professional options strategies to pursue substantial returns at a fraction of what would be risked on regular stock purchases.
  • Short List Non-biased, computer-driven list of stocks primed to fall much more than average, making them excellent candidates for shorting - especially in bear markets.
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  • Technology Innovators Tracks emerging trends and breakthrough companies in fast-growing fields such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and more.
  • Value Investor Combining proven value criteria with Zacks Rank timing, it tracks undervalued companies until the market starts to see their real worth.
  • Zacks Confidential Each week, Zacks Executive VP Kevin Matras spotlights key trades and commentary from one of our hottest strategists so you can see Zacks' Best of the Best.
  • Zacks Premium Provides professional-grade tools to individual investors, featuring daily updates of the Zacks Rank, full access to Zacks Equity Research, Focus List portfolio of 50 stocks for the long haul, Premium Screens and much more.
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