Fred Hickey: Is A Meltdown In Tech Stocks Nearing As Doubts Of A.I.’s Impact Mount?

Adam Taggart | Thoughtful Money, Released on 6/18/24

So far this year, the top 10 stocks in the S&P 500 have accounted for more than 76% of the index’s gain. This is the 2nd most concentrated reading for the S&P in the past 20 years. The highest percentage was 79%, achieved in 2007, right before the Global Financial Crisis. Are we in a new AI-powered Tech renaissance that will continuing powering the markets higher for years to come? Or are we risking a major market breakdown, putting all our hopes in a handful of companies that can’t keep growing at the meteoric rates that Wall Street is expecting? For answers, we’re fortunate today to speak with Fred Hickey, editor of the highly respected newsletter The High Tech Strategist, which Fred has been publishing since 1987. Fred is extremely worried about the lack of demonstrable return-on-investment from the hundreds of $billions currently being spent on generative A.I. In his estimation, the tremendous valuations currently being awarded to A.I.-related stocks is on par with the infamous Dutch tulip and South Sea manias. He predicts the current situation will end as painfully as those asset bubbles did.

Fred Hickey is a technology expert, technology investor and has been editor at The High-Tech Strategist newsletter since 1987.

Adam Taggart is the Founder of  Thoughtful Money. He is also Co-Founder and former President of Peak Prosperity. Adam is an experienced Silicon Valley internet executive and Stanford MBA. Prior to partnering with Chris Martenson (Adam was General Manager of our earlier site,, he was a Vice President at Yahoo!, a company he served for nine years. Before that, he did the ‘startup thing’ (, sold to CNET in 2001). As a fresh-faced graduate from Brown University in the early 1990s, Adam got a first-hand look at all that was broken with Wall Street as an investment banking analyst for Merrill Lynch. Most importantly, he’s a devoted husband and dad.

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