Picking stocks in 2022 was no easy feat. The magic that had caused giant tech names to lead the market higher year after year suddenly ran out. It turned out that much of the magic had been supplied by the Federal Reserve, which suddenly decided to put away its wand. As interest rates climbed, the
index fell 19.4%, its worst year since 2008.
Several stocks highlighted in Barron’s fell victim to the same dynamics that sunk the broader market—inflation, high interest rates, and supply-chain slowdowns. But overall, our bullish picks fared better than their benchmarks in 2022.