Up, Up, And Away

by on March 16, 2013 | ETFs Mentioned:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its unprecedented rally as buyers kept the winning streak going for 10 straight days amid a flurry of encouraging economic data. Investors had few reasons to take profits last week as retail sales, weekly jobless claims and industrial production data all came in better than expected, adding fundamental fuel to the ongoing rally on Wall Street [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results as buying pressures remained strongest in the equity market. 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
FXA

Long

Up Arrow +1.8%
DBA

Long

Down Arrow -0.2%
SLX

Long

Down Arrow -2.6%

Trade #1 Long FXA: Up 1.8%

This trade recommendation panned out as anticipated after FXA was able to establish support above $102 a share and proceed to rebound higher. This fund got off to a green start on Monday and extended its gains into Tuesday only to encounter minor profit-taking on Wednesday. Nonetheless, FXA resumed its rebound with full force on Thursday and settled near its high for the week as Friday’s closing bell rang, leaving us with a solid profit.

Trade #2 Long DBA: Down 0.2%

This recommendation drifted sideways for the entire week as buying pressures failed to return to the agricultural space as we had hoped. DBA appeared to be rebounding after it traded higher on Tuesday, however, selling pressures swept in during the second half of the week sinking this ETF to right near where it started off the week. After drifting for the entire week, the long position in DBA ended up incurring a small loss.

Trade #3 Long SLX: Down 2.6%

Much like our DBA recommendation, this commodity producers ETF failed to entice buyers as other corners of the equity market took the lead. SLX got off to a worrisome start as selling pressures crept in on Wednesday, sinking it below the $45 level. Profit-taking persisted the following and we  were forced to cut our losses here after SLX dipped below our outlined stop-loss at $44.50 a share.

ETFdb Portfolios

Retirement ETFdb Portfolios

With equity markets sticking to their uptrend, it’s no surprise to see the same portfolios from last week taking the lead again; the 30 Years Til Retirement Portfolio remains the best performer year-to-date while the Ready To Retire Portfolio continues to lag behind.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
5 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 0.28% -0.10% 1.20% 6.25% 10.49% 40.43% 64.18%
10 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 0.11% -0.48% 0.79% 6.78% 11.00% 44.83% 69.72%
20 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 0.21% -0.49% 0.77% 7.74% 12.69% 51.60% 78.92%
30 Years Til Retirement Portfolio 0.11% -0.60% 0.68% 7.56% 12.40% 55.88% 85.44%
Aggressive Portfolio -0.21% -0.71% -0.26% 5.99% 9.18% 41.21% n/a
Cheapskate Portfolio 0.25% 0.59% 2.87% 7.34% 12.43% n/a n/a
Low Volatility Portfolio 0.08% -0.87% 0.38% 4.57% 5.51% n/a n/a
Moderate Portfolio 0.06% -0.82% 0.08% 5.82% 8.96% 36.59% n/a
Ready To Retire ETFdb Portfolio 0.09% -0.78% 0.49% 5.80% 8.02% 28.06% 51.23%
As Of 09-19-2014
Regional ETFdb Portfolios

Our regional portfolio posted mixed results this past week as profit-taking pressures resurfaced around the globe. The Euro Free Europe Portfolio remains the strongest performer year-to-date while the Africa-Centric Portfolio is still stuck in last place.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Africa-Centric Portfolio 0.04% -1.41% 0.72% 8.77% 14.00% 25.91% n/a
Asia-Centric ETFdb Portfolio -0.91% -2.06% 0.85% 5.72% 6.37% 19.34% n/a
BRIC-or-Bust ETFdb Portfolio -1.58% -1.83% 0.73% 5.40% 6.16% -1.74% n/a
Easy-As-ABC ETFdb Portfolio -1.35% -2.82% -1.31% 0.85% -6.86% n/a n/a
Emerging & Frontier Markets ETFdb Portfolio -0.63% -1.51% 0.24% 6.10% 3.84% 11.00% n/a
Euro Free Europe Portfolio 0.13% -1.02% -3.90% -2.26% 0.02% 30.20% n/a
Ex-Europe ETFdb Portfolio 0.11% -1.00% 0.75% 6.85% 9.72% 34.33% 56.02%
Ex-U.S. Portfolio -0.60% -2.09% -1.50% 3.10% 5.62% 27.36% 32.20%
Global Titans ETFdb Portfolio 0.08% -0.40% -1.69% 2.47% 6.32% 39.79% n/a
LatAm Centric ETFdb Portfolio -1.13% -2.17% -1.38% 0.41% -4.54% n/a n/a
As Of 09-19-2014
Themed ETFdb Portfolios

Among our themed strategies, the best performer year-to-date is still the healthcare-centric Baby Boomers Portfolio followed by our High Tech Portfolio. On the other end of the spectrum is the GLD-Free Gold Bug Portfolio, which remains in double-digit loss territory thus far on the year.

ETFdb Portfolio 1 Week 4 Week 13 Week YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Actively-Managed ETF Portfolio -0.29% -0.37% 0.90% 3.94% 6.50% n/a n/a
2012 ETFdb Portfolio 0.15% -0.67% -0.69% 7.19% 12.57% n/a n/a
AlphaDEX ETFdb Portfolio -0.46% -1.49% -1.21% 3.15% 6.67% 34.10% n/a
Alpha Seeker Portfolio 2.0 -0.29% -0.35% 1.88% 6.83% 10.96% 39.16% n/a
Baby Boomers ETFdb Portfolio 0.42% 1.01% 3.31% 10.59% 21.32% 90.62% n/a
Ben Graham 50/50 Portfolio 0.02% -0.61% 0.49% 5.22% 8.14% n/a n/a
Better-Than-AGG Total Bond Market ETFdb Portfolio 0.06% -0.96% -0.23% 3.98% 4.09% 8.23% n/a
Black Swan Hyperinflation Portfolio -0.97% -4.08% -7.34% -0.87% -5.13% -12.98% 12.43%
Commodity Guru ETFdb Portfolio -0.49% -2.57% -4.66% 0.02% -0.51% 1.93% n/a
Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio -0.02% 0.76% 1.30% 2.46% 2.52% 0.21% n/a
Energy Bull ETFdb Portfolio 0.02% -2.13% -4.74% 4.00% 6.87% 26.63% n/a
Equal Weight ETFdb Portfolio -0.04% -0.44% 1.42% 5.99% 9.35% n/a n/a
Financials Free ETFdb Portfolio 0.48% -0.58% -1.16% 6.13% 10.61% 37.76% 65.38%
Futures Free Commodity ETFdb Portfolio -0.88% -3.89% -5.26% -1.15% -4.23% -14.38% n/a
GLD-Free Gold Bug ETFdb Portfolio -2.23% -8.11% -9.55% 7.20% -11.45% -43.13% n/a
Greedy When Others Are Fearful ETFdb Portfolio 0.52% 1.13% 2.92% 8.74% n/a n/a n/a
High-Tax Bracket ETF Portfolio 0.27% 0.24% 0.97% 6.57% 9.87% 36.77% 58.07%
High Tech ETFdb Portfolio 0.61% 1.65% 7.73% 12.74% 19.78% n/a n/a
High Yield ETFdb Portfolio 0.17% -1.15% -0.28% 6.78% 10.38% 47.47% 74.30%
King Dollar ETFdb Portfolio 0.48% 0.53% 2.40% 6.64% 8.27% 29.83% n/a
Kitchen Sink ETFdb Portfolio -0.43% -1.20% -1.60% 2.82% 5.86% 29.29% n/a
Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio -0.29% -1.18% -0.46% 7.11% 11.08% 39.95% n/a
Pure Growth ETFdb Portfolio -0.10% -0.68% -0.19% 5.05% 8.89% n/a n/a
Pure Value ETFdb Portfolio -0.18% -0.78% -1.01% 5.98% 11.59% n/a n/a
RAFI ETFdb Portfolio -0.84% -1.43% -1.61% 4.01% 9.61% 53.15% 62.19%
Simple (But Effective) Safe Haven ETFdb Portfolio -0.14% -1.78% -3.90% 4.53% 3.55% 19.13% 47.85%
Small Cap ETFdb Portfolio -0.77% -1.57% -2.12% 2.63% 6.57% 37.54% n/a
The Sky Is Falling Portfolio -0.70% -1.65% -2.89% -1.27% -2.84% 1.69% 22.38%
Socially Responsible ETFdb Portfolio 0.29% -0.89% 1.38% 4.44% 8.86% n/a n/a
Risk On ETFdb Portfolio -0.09% -0.86% -0.86% 7.67% 9.95% n/a n/a
Consumer Centric ETFdb Portfolio -0.77% -1.51% -1.94% 2.20% 6.11% n/a n/a
Agri-Bull ETFdb Portfolio -0.71% -1.39% -6.34% 0.23% 1.31% 9.38% n/a
8% Yield ETFdb Portfolio -0.87% -2.28% -2.69% 5.33% 8.06% n/a n/a
Mining Boom ETFdb Portfolio -2.23% -6.70% -5.94% 1.93% -5.06% n/a n/a
2013 ETFdb Portfolio 0.41% -0.47% 0.16% 7.72% 8.65% 52.46% n/a
As Of 09-19-2014

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.