All Aboard The Bull Train

by on April 13, 2013 | ETFs Mentioned:

With first quarter earnings season off to a hot start on Wall Street, investors and traders alike had more reasons to buy on the dips this week instead of take profits. Better-than-expected jobless claims data added fuel to the rally after Alcoa started off earnings season on an encouraging note; however, disappointing retail sales data on Friday put a bit of a dent in the bulls’ confidence [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted solid performance results even after unexpected selling pressures rattled markets at the end of the week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios].

Last Week’s Actionable ETF Ideas
Ticker Position Week Performance
IWM

Long

Up Arrow +1.8%
ILF

Long

Up Arrow +1.4%
SLV

Long

Down Arrow -1.3%

Trade #1 Long IWM: Up 1.8%

This recommendation was well timed as our bullish suspicions proved true and IWM was able to rebound off its rising support level as anticipated. This ETF climbed higher for most of the week and took a dip on Friday; despite profit taking pressures at the end of the week, this recommendation still turned in a handsome profit. 

Trade #2 Long ILF: Up 1.4%

This recommendation was also spot on, although profit taking pressures on Friday came close to erasing nearly all of our gains accumulated earlier in the week. ILF kicked off the week on a strong note and posted big gains on Tuesday and Wednesday, only to fall victim to bearish pressures towards the end of the week. This ETF was able to get back in the trading channel as we had outlined, helping to set the stage for further gains in the coming week. 

Trade #3 Long SLV: Down 1.3%

This trade drifted higher at the start of the week only to fall victim to harsh selling pressures on Friday. SLV peered above $27 a share on Tuesday and traded sideways through Thursday. Heavy selling pressures struck the precious metals market on Friday, sending both gold and silver prices through the floor. We stuck to our rules and cut our losses at $26 a share, which turned out for the best as SLV closed out the week at $25.28 a share. 

ETFdb Portfolios

Retirement ETFdb Portfolios

The rebound on Wall Street bolstered our equity-heavy Aggressive Portfolio to the top of the weekly performance list while our Low Volatility Portfolio fell into last place. 

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
5 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.05% 0.79% 1.86% 1.98% 11.68% 27.24% n/a
10 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.28% 1.23% 2.35% 2.19% 12.44% 28.40% 104.21%
20 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.50% 1.43% 2.78% 2.62% 13.80% 31.42% 121.94%
30 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.71% 1.43% 2.74% 2.34% 15.94% 33.17% 133.25%
Aggressive Portfolio 1.48% 1.89% 2.61% 1.71% 11.06% 20.28% n/a
Cheapskate Portfolio 0.82% 2.62% 5.39% 6.89% 12.88% n/a n/a
Low Volatility Portfolio 0.70% 2.01% 2.59% 1.61% 2.95% n/a n/a
Moderate Portfolio 1.11% 1.21% 2.19% 2.37% 9.65% 23.59% n/a
Ready To Retire ETFdb Portfolio 0.59% 1.01% 2.12% 2.60% 5.94% 21.50% 72.45%
As Of 04-22-2014
Regional ETFdb Portfolios

Emerging markets largely finished out the week in green territory; our LatAm Centric Portfolio was able to take the lead this week while the Easy-As-ABC Portfolio turned out to be the biggest laggard. 

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Africa-Centric Portfolio 1.60% 1.81% 6.13% 6.36% 17.65% 10.92% n/a
Asia-Centric ETFdb Portfolio 0.91% 2.92% 1.67% 0.27% -0.43% 2.16% n/a
BRIC-or-Bust ETFdb Portfolio 1.59% 3.39% 1.05% -1.43% -3.52% -22.82% n/a
Easy-As-ABC ETFdb Portfolio 0.36% 2.35% 4.90% 2.01% -7.53% n/a n/a
Emerging & Frontier Markets ETFdb Portfolio 0.45% 3.20% 3.89% 1.87% -3.74% -4.39% n/a
Euro Free Europe Portfolio 2.22% 1.57% -1.68% -2.24% 10.63% 7.89% n/a
Ex-Europe ETFdb Portfolio 1.03% 1.84% 2.50% 2.48% 8.54% 21.15% 87.65%
Ex-U.S. Portfolio 1.30% 2.70% 2.21% 1.71% 7.93% 9.14% 80.00%
Global Titans ETFdb Portfolio 1.27% 1.38% 1.40% 1.35% 14.16% n/a n/a
LatAm Centric ETFdb Portfolio 0.71% 3.61% 3.49% -1.58% -8.37% n/a n/a
As Of 04-22-2014
Themed ETFdb Portfolios

Among our themed strategies, our 2012 Portfolio turned in the best weekly performance, followed closely by our 2013 Portfolio. On the flip side, the worst performers for the week were the Sky Is Falling Portfolio and the GLD-Free Gold Bug Portfolio

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Actively-Managed ETF Portfolio 1.14% 1.40% 0.77% 0.74% 4.76% n/a n/a
2012 ETFdb Portfolio 1.90% 2.47% 3.07% 2.34% 11.07% n/a n/a
AlphaDEX ETFdb Portfolio 1.78% 1.21% 1.46% 1.03% 11.37% n/a n/a
Alpha Seeker Portfolio 2.0 1.06% 0.89% 3.23% 3.18% 12.60% 24.86% n/a
Baby Boomers ETFdb Portfolio 2.22% -0.56% 0.20% 2.62% 25.60% 63.41% n/a
Ben Graham 50/50 Portfolio 0.59% 1.89% 3.15% 3.23% 5.40% n/a n/a
Better-Than-AGG Total Bond Market ETFdb Portfolio -0.16% 0.94% 2.03% 2.66% -1.45% n/a n/a
Black Swan Hyperinflation Portfolio 0.37% 0.88% 3.20% 3.97% 2.09% -14.09% n/a
Commodity Guru ETFdb Portfolio 0.77% 2.43% 4.33% 3.00% 3.36% -6.38% n/a
Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio 0.65% 1.08% 1.98% 0.87% 1.85% n/a n/a
Energy Bull ETFdb Portfolio 1.81% 5.20% 7.32% 4.82% 17.68% 9.83% n/a
Equal Weight ETFdb Portfolio 0.49% 1.04% 3.60% 3.72% 10.27% n/a n/a
Financials Free ETFdb Portfolio 0.94% 1.92% 4.02% 4.01% 12.94% 28.91% 107.96%
Futures Free Commodity ETFdb Portfolio 0.92% 2.24% 2.65% 2.39% 2.74% -22.73% n/a
GLD-Free Gold Bug ETFdb Portfolio -0.91% -2.89% 2.79% 11.54% -10.19% -33.46% n/a
Greedy When Others Are Fearful ETFdb Portfolio 0.28% 2.50% 4.73% 6.77% n/a n/a n/a
High-Tax Bracket ETF Portfolio 1.44% 1.11% 1.80% 2.56% 10.67% 22.38% 91.86%
High Tech ETFdb Portfolio 2.87% 1.01% 5.29% 7.44% 27.65% n/a n/a
High Yield ETFdb Portfolio 1.08% 1.99% 3.15% 3.09% 10.23% 35.29% 119.00%
King Dollar ETFdb Portfolio 1.05% 1.39% 1.19% 1.64% 5.08% n/a n/a
Kitchen Sink ETFdb Portfolio 0.85% 0.81% 1.48% 1.63% 9.34% n/a n/a
Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio 0.77% 1.75% 3.83% 4.40% 8.75% n/a n/a
Pure Growth ETFdb Portfolio 1.78% 0.80% 1.96% 1.47% 11.06% n/a n/a
Pure Value ETFdb Portfolio 1.39% 2.11% 3.25% 2.54% 19.75% n/a n/a
RAFI ETFdb Portfolio 2.09% 2.31% 2.26% 1.41% 21.21% 25.50% 138.24%
Simple (But Effective) Safe Haven ETFdb Portfolio 0.23% 1.92% 4.88% 5.49% 4.52% 18.86% 89.64%
Small Cap ETFdb Portfolio 1.69% 0.31% 0.97% 2.09% 12.85% n/a n/a
The Sky Is Falling Portfolio -0.44% 0.24% 2.40% 2.09% -2.45% 0.19% n/a
Socially Responsible ETFdb Portfolio 0.49% 0.36% 3.28% 2.39% 8.71% n/a n/a
Risk On ETFdb Portfolio 1.22% 3.98% 4.25% 5.76% 16.01% n/a n/a
Consumer Centric ETFdb Portfolio 0.78% 3.22% 2.63% 1.87% 12.67% n/a n/a
Agri-Bull ETFdb Portfolio 1.06% 1.78% 6.79% 6.57% 11.75% 2.47% n/a
8% Yield ETFdb Portfolio 1.34% 2.96% 4.55% 4.80% 7.32% n/a n/a
Mining Boom ETFdb Portfolio 0.34% 1.92% 2.20% 4.13% -3.36% n/a n/a
2013 ETFdb Portfolio 1.70% 2.91% 4.10% 3.94% 8.05% n/a n/a
As Of 04-22-2014

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.