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Millennials Will Change Investing: Are You Ready?

Welcome to Episode #89 of the Zacks Market Edge Podcast.

Every week, host and Zacks stock strategist, Tracey Ryniec, will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life.

In this episode, Tracey is joined by two of Zacks summer interns, Jeffrey Hymen, who attends the University of Illinois, and Ben Rains, who is a student at DePaul, to discuss how Millennials view the hottest brands out there.

The Millennial generation is one of the largest in US history. The oldest members are now 35 years old, with the youngest just about to turn 18.

They have come of age amidst great changes in technology, including in the Internet.

How they interact with brands will determine which companies make it big or die. That, in turn, will have a big impact on how you should invest.

Over the next 20 years, if you want to invest in the winners, you should be paying attention to the Millennials.

Is Uber Still Golden?

Nothing defines the Millennials more than ride sharing. They have embraced it and grown up with it.  Jeffrey and Ben have plenty of ride sharing tales. 

1. Did Uber’s recent CEO controversy have any impact on their use of the app?

2. Do they use Lyft?

3. What about other car shares services like Zipcar?

4. Would they buy Uber stock if it went IPO?

Can Chipotle Bounce Back?

It’s been nearly 2 years since Chipotle (CMG) had to shut down some restaurants due to health concerns but the company is still fighting its way back into the good graces of consumers.

Jeffrey and Ben both love Chipotle and never stopped eating there despite all the publicity.

1. Why did Jeffrey and Ben stick with the brand through the tough times?

2. How popular is it on college campuses?

3. If they had some extra money to invest, would they buy shares of Chipotle?

Home Delivery is Revolutionary

Outside of ride sharing, one of recent technology changes, the rise of home delivery of just about any item within a short period of time, was deemed of utmost importance.

Millennials seem fine with having even the smallest item delivered.

1. Grubhub (GRUB) is the king of food delivery. Does anyone else even come close?

2. Amazon (AMZN) Prime is free for students on some campuses. Other students use parental accounts. What about food delivery now that Amazon is buying Whole Foods (WFM)?

Is the Shopping Mall Dead?

Many investors seem to think that Amazon has “won” and there will no longer be any shopping malls or even brick and mortar stores.

You might be surprised at what Zacks two Millennials think about that.

Are Millennials Stock Investors?

Jeffrey and Ben aren’t stock investors (yet) but if they were, what stocks would they buy? And how would they trade?

They have friends who bought Snapchat (SNAP) on the IPO because they used the app. Millennials like having a relationship with their brand before they buy the stock.

What other brands do Millennials love? And how can you cash in on those trends in your own stock portfolio?

Find out on this week’s podcast.

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