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When looking at the best stocks to buy or put on a watchlist, a number of things come to mind. While inflation, rising interest rates, and rising oil prices are a persistent worry in the back of everyone’s minds, you have to take extra care and caution when looking to see which stocks to invest in. Here are the best stocks to invest in for 2022.

Alphabet Inc. (ticker: GOOG, GOOGL)

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is rightly massive. Not only does it have Google and all of its affiliates– Google Books and Google Play, to name a few, you have to look at Alphabet’s other platforms, namely YouTube. When looking at how YouTube has faired revenue-wise, it’s looking promising: in the fourth quarter of 2021, YouTube posted revenue of $8.6 billion. This is an insane number, considering that it did almost one billion dollars more than Netflix Inc (NFLX) $7.7 billion. This leaves Alphabet’s search engine and cloud division as incredible stocks to invest in. 

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

In a stock article, it’s only natural to talk about the Big Tech behemoth, Microsoft. This company that’s created the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office and Office 365 has been looking into creating other ways to grow its revenue in the more recent years. Most notably, their acquisition of the $26.2 billion social networking system LinkedIn in 2016 and its overall focus on their cloud-computing software Azure, but most recently, Microsoft announced their $69 billion purchase of video game developer Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI). This makes Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company, with a good footing in the vast metaverse.

Visa Inc. (V)

Last up on the list is the widely known credit card company Visa, which is currently beating the market with an overall return of zero. Visa’s sole earnings report for the fiscal year so far has been incredibly impressive. With their incredible cross-border spending giving the company more per transaction, their fiscal 2022 revenue growth has been massive. Of course, you know of Visa– they have 3.6 billion Visa cards in use globally and over 70 million merchant locations in the network. These safeguards make Visa a great stock to invest in. Financial analysts predict their revenue to jump about 19% in 2022.