No Rest For Buyers

by on March 2, 2013 | ETFs Mentioned:

This week got off to a worrisome start as selling pressures ripped through Wall Street right from the opening bell on Monday morning, leading many to believe that the much-awaited correction had finally arrived. Much to the bears’ frustration, however, equity markets were quick to regain their footing in the days following as eager buyers didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the short-lived pullback [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results as selling pressures early in the week forced us to exit two of the three trades. 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
ECH

Long

Down Arrow -1.7%
EPOL

Long

Down Arrow -3.2%
LQD

Long

Up Arrow +0.8%

Trade #1 Long ECH: Down 1.7%

This fund appeared to have established support above the $65 level; however, our bullish suspicions proved false after ECH failed to hold above this level of support on Monday afternoon as selling pressures intensified on Wall Street. In fact, ECH dipped just pennies below our outlined stop-loss, prompting us to exit the trade and incur a minor, but frustrating, loss on the week.

Trade #2 Long EPOL: Down 3.2%

This trade ended up in the same boat as our ECH recommendation. EPOL appeared to have established support above its previous low; however, heavy selling pressures on Monday afternoon forced us out of this trade.

Trade #3 Long LQD: Up 0.8%

This defensive recommendation turned in a solid profit this week as investors returned to investment-grade corporate bonds amid volatile trading on the equity front. LQD kept its head above the 200-day moving average all week, further affirming our belief that this ETF is back on track to resuming its longer-term uptrend.

ETFdb Portfolios

Retirement ETFdb Portfolios

When considering year-to-date returns, our Cheapskate Portfolio comes in at the top of the list followed by our equity-heavy 30 Years Til Retirement Portfolio; on the other end of the spectrum lies our conservative Ready To Retire Portfolio, which is barely peeking its head into positive territory.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
5 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.72% -0.11% 1.80% 8.21% 9.64% 42.86% 63.73%
10 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 1.77% -0.79% 1.09% 8.21% 10.11% 47.69% 68.51%
20 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 2.22% -0.67% 1.16% 9.27% 12.19% 55.30% 77.78%
30 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 2.51% -1.06% 0.95% 8.69% 11.19% 59.63% 84.09%
Aggressive Portfolio 2.18% -3.55% -3.86% 2.14% 4.48% 40.31% n/a
Cheapskate Portfolio 0.82% 0.05% 2.24% 5.73% 11.13% n/a n/a
Low Volatility Portfolio 0.97% -1.58% -0.30% 4.22% 5.73% 26.11% n/a
Moderate Portfolio 1.67% -0.43% 1.02% 6.96% 8.58% 38.97% 58.46%
Ready To Retire ETFdb Portfolio 0.89% -0.03% 1.99% 8.11% 9.01% 30.22% 51.12%
As Of 12-19-2014
Regional ETFdb Portfolios

Among our regional strategies, the Global Titans Portfolio is leading the way year-to-date while our Africa-Centric Portfolio sits at the bottom of the barrel in negative territory.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Africa-Centric Portfolio 0.22% -10.15% -13.64% -5.70% -4.04% 17.50% n/a
Asia-Centric ETFdb Portfolio 0.23% -2.91% -3.51% 2.05% 4.68% 24.31% n/a
BRIC-or-Bust ETFdb Portfolio -0.03% -10.36% -12.74% -7.33% -5.83% -2.78% n/a
Easy-As-ABC ETFdb Portfolio -0.18% -4.69% -5.76% -6.32% -10.04% n/a n/a
Emerging & Frontier Markets ETFdb Portfolio 0.60% -6.97% -9.22% -3.64% -2.23% 8.75% n/a
Euro Free Europe Portfolio 1.32% -7.46% -11.18% -12.38% -9.48% 23.63% n/a
Ex-Europe ETFdb Portfolio 1.76% -1.67% -0.99% 5.87% 7.46% 35.87% 53.04%
Ex-U.S. Portfolio 1.23% -3.04% -4.74% -1.78% 0.54% 29.00% 26.05%
Global Titans ETFdb Portfolio 0.22% -0.58% -1.82% 1.12% 3.10% 44.05% n/a
LatAm Centric ETFdb Portfolio 0.45% -8.24% -14.33% -14.44% -12.91% n/a n/a
As Of 12-19-2014
Themed ETFdb Portfolios

Among our themed strategies, the Baby Boomers Portfolio is leading the way higher with the High Tech Portfolio training behind. Profit taking in the commodity space this year has left our GLD-Free Gold Bug Portfolio and Mining Boom Portfolio in red territory from a year-to-date performance perspective.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Actively-Managed ETF Portfolio -0.12% -1.17% -2.17% 2.14% 3.39% n/a n/a
2012 ETFdb Portfolio 2.18% -5.28% -7.21% -0.60% 2.11% n/a n/a
AlphaDEX ETFdb Portfolio 1.93% -2.27% -3.28% -0.17% 1.94% 33.36% n/a
Alpha Seeker Portfolio 2.0 1.18% -0.09% 2.75% 8.96% 11.87% 45.38% n/a
Baby Boomers ETFdb Portfolio 1.90% 1.85% 6.36% 17.14% 22.64% 100.67% n/a
Ben Graham 50/50 Portfolio 0.67% -0.63% 0.39% 4.54% 6.74% n/a n/a
Better-Than-AGG Total Bond Market ETFdb Portfolio 0.24% -0.66% -0.59% 3.44% 3.41% 7.16% n/a
Black Swan Hyperinflation Portfolio 1.37% -5.88% -10.19% -10.96% -9.41% -14.24% -3.90%
Commodity Guru ETFdb Portfolio 1.05% -6.07% -8.06% -7.94% -6.73% 2.53% n/a
Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio 0.93% -0.23% -0.77% 1.89% 2.89% 1.63% n/a
Energy Bull ETFdb Portfolio 5.75% -10.34% -15.19% -11.92% -9.52% 10.00% n/a
Equal Weight ETFdb Portfolio 1.59% -0.03% 0.94% 5.67% 7.41% n/a n/a
Financials Free ETFdb Portfolio 1.59% -1.55% -1.44% 4.69% 6.49% 35.44% 58.07%
Futures Free Commodity ETFdb Portfolio 1.34% -5.89% -10.43% -11.40% -9.56% -14.34% n/a
GLD-Free Gold Bug ETFdb Portfolio -1.85% -4.92% -11.60% -4.02% -3.79% -38.40% n/a
Greedy When Others Are Fearful ETFdb Portfolio 1.21% 0.25% 0.84% 6.86% n/a n/a n/a
High-Tax Bracket ETF Portfolio 1.02% -0.73% -0.37% 6.23% 8.14% 39.93% 55.23%
High Tech ETFdb Portfolio 2.46% 2.97% 8.88% 16.37% 19.95% n/a n/a
High Yield ETFdb Portfolio 1.93% -0.94% 0.76% 7.82% 9.72% 46.34% 74.53%
King Dollar ETFdb Portfolio 1.41% -1.14% 0.94% 7.68% 8.69% 29.35% n/a
Kitchen Sink ETFdb Portfolio 1.40% -2.29% -2.93% 0.11% 1.70% 29.66% n/a
Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio 1.90% -0.27% 1.04% 8.24% 9.91% 38.51% n/a
Pure Growth ETFdb Portfolio 1.74% -2.81% -3.73% 1.26% 3.03% n/a n/a
Pure Value ETFdb Portfolio 1.78% -2.53% -3.62% 2.30% 4.38% n/a n/a
RAFI ETFdb Portfolio 2.26% -3.11% -4.26% 0.14% 3.09% 52.09% 62.46%
Simple (But Effective) Safe Haven ETFdb Portfolio 0.12% -1.03% 0.27% 5.33% 6.87% 21.74% 43.39%
Small Cap ETFdb Portfolio 1.43% -1.58% -2.51% -0.08% 2.28% 40.02% n/a
The Sky Is Falling Portfolio -0.83% -0.83% -0.96% -2.42% -1.84% 1.00% 16.55%
Socially Responsible ETFdb Portfolio 1.06% -0.80% 1.24% 4.28% 7.84% n/a n/a
Risk On ETFdb Portfolio 0.90% -4.07% -6.28% -1.32% 0.24% n/a n/a
Consumer Centric ETFdb Portfolio -0.42% -2.18% -1.56% 0.97% 3.48% n/a n/a
Agri-Bull ETFdb Portfolio 1.03% -3.13% 0.23% 0.01% 1.59% 17.31% n/a
8% Yield ETFdb Portfolio 2.11% -4.53% -4.94% 0.20% 2.07% n/a n/a
Mining Boom ETFdb Portfolio 1.28% -7.08% -12.88% -10.86% -8.28% n/a n/a
2013 ETFdb Portfolio 1.23% -4.56% -4.26% 2.83% 5.36% 45.48% n/a
As Of 12-19-2014

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.