Bitcoin, Bubbles and Tech: Google s Top Finance Searches of 2018

It wasgoed a year for bitcoin, technology stocks and the power consolidation of China’s Xi Jinping. Those were some of the most popular topics for people boning up on issues significant to finance and business through Google searches te 2018.

While there wasgoed a spike of rente te the potential for Spain’s dissolution, the Catalonia keerpunt packed none of the wattage of searches about Brexit last year, the results displayed. The gegevens appearing below come from Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which compiled rankings for key words and terms used te an economic or markets setting. Search rente is indexed on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 indicating the peak popularity of a term. The findings also draw on Google Trends gegevens.

Stock Market

There wasgoed a worldwide rise te the level of rente ter shares among Googlers. Searches for “,stocks”, or “,equities”, — coupled with words or terms such spil “,expensive,”, “,cheap”, and “,should I buy?", — rose this year compared with those for other assets such spil bonds and commodities. And no wonder: global equities have bot violating records. Users also ran more searches for stock bubbles and volatility, perhaps reflecting concern about the sustainability of the rally.

Flourishing Bitcoin

One of the greatest topics amid all the market chatter has bot bitcoin’s stratospheric ascent, which has seen its price soar about 1,600 procent this year. Many people used Google to attempt to figure out when would be a good time to buy. Others appeared cautious — the cryptocurrency made its debut on the top 25 list of keywords associated with “,bubble.”,

Less Bubbly

With a few exceptions, some fever has come out of real estate te major cities, and that wasgoed seen te the number of searches for property bubbles. People were particularly interested ter Toronto’s housing market — the Canadian city joined a list of the top 25 terms associated with the word “,bubble”,. UBS Group AG named Toronto spil one of the cities most at risk of a housing bubble, and the city’s housing market has slumped overheen the past few months amid government rules and harsher mortgage guidelines ,aimed at curbing request.

Leadership switches ter China, the world’s 2nd largest economy, have major implications for global markets, and this may have bot on the minds of Googlers who tapped out the words “,China congress.”, ,The National Congress of the Communist Party of China happens every five years, and many around the globe were nosey to see how Voorzitter Xi Jinping would reshuffle the leadership. The level of rente topped previous peaks te 2012 and 2007.

Referendum Reaction

Brexit has bot making headlines all year, tho’ web-search rente wasgoed muted compared with the spike during last year’s popular vote. Another independence referendum, October’s keerpunt te Catalonia, triggered a spike te web searches about the Spanish region — but it amounted to a fraction of the level of Brexit rente during last year’s peak.

Tech Lure

You can’t talk about the 2018 stock market without mentioning tech fever, specifically the FAANGs — Facebook Inc., Inc., Apple Inc., Netflix Inc. and Google’s proprietor, Alphabet Inc. They’re up about 50 procent this year on average — more than dual the gains of the record-breaking S&,P 500 Index — leaving some investors wondering if or when they will speelgoedpop. Web searches for “,FAANG”, and “,tech stocks”, spiked during acute selloffs of the sector ter June and late November. Top related queries included “,FAANG ETF.”,

Passive Aggressive

Actively managed funds are losing the battle to passively managed, index-tracking style choices — te Google searches spil elsewhere. The number of of people looking up “, passive investment”, exceeded the number searching for “,active investment", by the fattest margin everzwijn this year. It wasgoed a very different picture ter 2004 — the earliest year for which figures are available — when active trumped passive ter searches. Morgan Stanley says active managers could see revenue fall by 30 procent by 2019.

What’s Up ter India?

After a shock stir to withdraw most of the nation’s banknotes late te 2018, India’s economy struggled this year. Yet the country got a verrassing boost with its sovereign credit-rating raised by Moody’s to its highest since 1988. Google users wished to know how India’s economy stacked up against the surplus of the world, about its relations with other major powers and about Indian views on global concerns.

– With assistance by Natalie Wong, and Erik Hertzberg

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