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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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Buyers returned to Wall Street as selling pressures from the prior week finally eased off and left the doors open for the bulls once again. Despite a lack of noteworthy developments, easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been enough to welcome back the bulls following a round of geopolitical-induced profit taking pressures. On the home front, economic data releases were sparse, with the NFIB small business survey coming in barely above expectations while retail sales growth came in flat [see also How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?].

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Selling pressures from the prior week have managed to persist in recent days, much to the bulls’ frustration. Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine have kept the doors open for profit-taking as investors’ sentiment has turned from optimistic to fearful in a matter of days. On the home front, little attention has been paid to […]

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Major equity indexes traded sideways for most of the week as earnings and economic data reports flooded the scene. Much to the bulls’ surprise, steep profit-taking pressures permeated Wall Street on Thursday, sparking a wave of selling that sent virtually every asset class tumbling; the S&P 500 Index shed 2% on the day, effectively erasing […]

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Major equity indexes quietly inched higher all week as a quiet scene on the economic data reporting front left the door open for the bulls following last week’s short-lived tumble. With no major developments taking place overseas, investors’ confidence returned as they were able to focus more on earnings season at home; upbeat earnings across […]

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Major equity indexes inched higher to kick off the week only to make way for the bears in later trading sessions as uncertainty returned to the market. The Volatility Index (VIX) skyrocketed more than 30%, and the S&P 500 Index sank 1.18%, on Thursday after news of a downed passenger airplane over Ukraine raised concerns over […]

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Bearish pressures swept over Wall Street this past week as the bulls had to step aside after European debt woes resurfaced and rattled investors’ confidence in the already anemic recovery taking place in the overseas currency bloc. Sell orders swarmed European markets and spilled over onto the home front after Portugal’s largest publicly traded bank, Banco […]

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It was another back and forth week on the Street, as major indexes are still looking to find a meaningful direction. Revised GDP showed a contraction of 2.9% for the first quarter, but markets paid little attention to the negative surprise. As the bull run continues to drag on, more and more analysts are hopping in […]

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Exchanged-traded products have been embraced by money mangers of all sizes in recent years thanks to their ease-of-use, transparency, and unparalleled cost-efficiency. The exchange-traded product structure has also caught the attention of countless active traders, who require liquidity and diversity in offerings above all. The fact that ETFs trade intraday like stocks is a major draw […]

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Major equity indexes quietly kicked off the week, as many kept a close watch on Iraq while the mid-week Fed meeting took center stage at home. Much to the bears’ growing frustrations, policymakers didn’t drop any hints of an earlier-than-expected rate hike, and as such, equity markets took the opportunity to continue their stellar rally. […]

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Major equity indexes kicked off the week on a strong note only to lose momentum and give way to profit taking pressures as the trading days progressed. On the home front, economic data releases were fairly quiet with the NFIB small business index posting a better-than-expected gain while retail sales fell just just short of […]

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Major equity indexes inched higher throughout the week amid encouraging data releases at home. Investors cheered on improving ISM data and motor vehicle sales, while the lackluster ADP employment report received little to no attention. Overseas, the ECB stole the headlines yesterday when it finally announced the much-awaited rate cut, dropping its benchmark rate to […]

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