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The Best and Worst All-ETF Portfolios of 2014

by on December 23, 2014 | Updated December 24, 2014

Major equity indexes on the home front continued their ascent in 2014, much to the bears’ growing frustrations. Amid the run-up, the fairly short-lived periods of profit-taking served as buying opportunities throughout the year. These rounds of selling saw volatility levels spike more than they did the previous year, perhaps showcasing the increasingly cautious nature of investors in light of the stellar five-year bull run seen thus far [see also The Best and Worst Sector ETFs of 2014].  [click to continue…]

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Following a multi-day stretch of profit-taking on Wall Street, the bulls returned with full force in light of soothing words from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday of this week. Policymakers at home inspired a great deal of confidence among investors when they said that the Fed would remain “patient” with regards to the timing of the first rate hike. Overseas, investors remained fixated on the collapse of Russia’s equity market amid back-and-forth trading in oil futures [see BioShares and Reality Share Make Their Debut, ValueShares Launches IVAL]. 

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Profit taking pressures finally swept over Wall Street this week following a prolonged stretch of major equity indexes posting fresh all-time highs. On the home front, some investors stepped to the sidelines following a hint that the Fed might soon change its forward guidance, with regards to the timing of the first rate hike. On […]

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Following the holiday weekend, investors came back to Wall Street in a buying mood and managed to push the S&P 500 Index to fresh highs yet again, with the benchmark settling just below 2,080 ahead of Friday’s employment report. On the data release front, better-than-expected ISM and motor vehicle sales served as tailwinds throughout the week. Overseas, […]

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The evolution of the ETF industry continues to spawn innovative products that open up the doors to asset classes and strategies that were not too long ago simply out-of-reach for the average investor. Innovation in the form of granularity recently struck the technology ETF space with the launch of the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF […]

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Much to the bears’ frustrations, the bulls remain in the driver’s seat although their foot has eased off on the gas pedal considerably over the past two weeks. Overseas, the ECB dropped another hint of expanding stimulus while upbeat sentiment data from Germany helped to spark a minor rally across the currency bloc. At home, […]

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The bulls are still pushing major equity indexes further into previously uncharted territory, but the pace of the advance has slowed down considerably in light of the stellar run-up seen since the October 15th bottom. Overseas, investors remain dissatisfied with the sluggish recovery in Europe while major data releases on the home front have been sparse; […]

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The bulls remain in the drivers’ seat as buyers managed to push major indexes higher even after the steep ascent seen last week on Wall Street. For the most part, however, many have remained on the sidelines this week in anticipation of Friday’s monthly employment report. In other data releases, investors cheered on upbeat motor […]

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Following a very strong finish last week, the bulls managed to stick around on Wall Street over the past five trading days. The FOMC statement took center stage, which again served as a reminder that policymakers will remain accommodative in light of persistently sluggish growth and low inflation. On the data release front, investors cheered on better-than-expected GDP […]

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The bulls have managed to return to Wall Street with full force, as evidenced by the steep rebound that matched the equally steep sell-off since the lows seen on October 15th. Corporate earnings season is still well underway, and for the time being, according to data compiled by FactSet, it appears that the majority of companies are […]

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The bears have managed to remain in control on Wall Street as evidenced by persistent profit-taking pressures, short-lived rebounds, and an uptick in volatility. Throughout the week, investors also digested less-than-stellar economic data releases, adding to the headwinds; this included worse-than-expected retail sales and regional manufacturing data as well as a decline in the home builders […]

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Back-and-forth trading has been a dominant theme over the past week as selling pressures from the end of September have spilled over into October and are paving quite a volatile road for major equity indexes. The release of the Fed minutes on Wednesday served as fuel for the massive rally seen across Wall Street, and […]

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