From the monthly archives:

December 2013

Retirement in 2014: It’s Your Number that Counts

by on December 31, 2013 | Updated January 2, 2014

Big numbers capture the headlines – and our attention. Throughout 2013, there has been no shortage of stories about budget shortfalls, savings gaps and other social challenges that comprise the retirement crisis. As we are wrapping up the year, here are a few numbers that caught my eye, along with three small steps you can take in 2014. [click to continue…]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Though this year was largely marked by an insatiable bull-run, not every ETF was able to prosper. There were a select few segments in the market that struggled to stay afloat, dragging down a number of ETFs in the process. More specifically, precious metals and volatility had a pathetic outing in 2013, as a handful of funds tracking these asset classes were among the worst performing ETFs of the year. The losses in 2013 were especially painful given that the S&P 500 recorded its best annual performance in a decade, jumping 28%+ for the 12 month stretch. [click to continue…]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

2013 in Review: Surprises from the ETF Industry

by on December 30, 2013 | Updated January 2, 2014

Despite continued volatility in the stock, bond and commodity markets, along with year-long speculation about the Fed’s bond buying program, the year ends with near-record highs for the global ETF industry. Flows total more than $209.9 billion to date. Here, our top 10 surprises for 2013*.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Sell On The Pop Prospects December 30th Edition

by on December 30, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Buy On The Dip Prospects December 30th Edition

by on December 30, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Following a holiday-shortened trading week, Wall Street will close once again this Wednesday in celebration of the New Year. After a whirlwind of a year, investors will more than likely turn their attention once again to the Federal Reserve, as the central bank begins tapering its bond-buying program. In January, the Fed will purchase $40 billion worth […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Wall Street was in for yet another whirlwind year in 2013, with several major U.S. equity indexes breaking new all-time record highs. Bullish momentum continued to a be a dominant force despite several headwinds, including Washington’s budget battles, taper talks, and mixed economic data from around the globe. On the ETF front, however, the industry wrapped […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. While few could have predicted just how far 2013′s bull-run would take us, we placed our ideas in various corners of the market to give investors of all shapes and […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

This year started off on a very strong note after equities exploded out of the gates on Wall Street following the successful resolution to the fiscal cliff on New Year’s eve. As budget woes passed and worries over the eurozone’s recovery eased up, domestic stocks took the lead and investors from around the world embraced […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

The Best and Worst All-ETF Portfolios of 2013

by on December 24, 2013

2013 is nearing its end, bringing another 12 month stretch for our customized ETFdb Portfolios to a close. Our list of more than 40 all-ETF portfolios slices and dices the market for investors of varying time ranges and risk aversion. Some may be focused on those retiring in the foreseeable future, while others are focused on […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Though U.S. equities charged ahead in 2013, posting several all-time record highs, certain markets across the globe struggled to stay out of the red. Emerging market countries in particular took a brutal beating throughout the year, as stagnant economic growth and currency struggles battered the once lucrative corner of the stock market. Meanwhile, European countries […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }