2013 was a phenomenal year for stock investing, as the S&P 500 added more than 30% in the time frame. This came after a flat 2012, and the great performance was had despite worries over the taper and still muted economic growth.
It was also a great year for the ETF world as well, as close to 100
(net) new products hit the market, and assets under management crossed
the $1.5 trillion mark. Now there are more than 1,500 choices out there,
giving investors a near paralyzing amount of ways to slice and dice
exposure to hundreds of market niches.
A few of these stand out though, as potential top performers for the New
Year. Below, we highlight seven of our best ETF ideas for 2014, any of
which we are looking for outperformance from over the next 12 months:
SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE - ETF report)
As the Fed continues to taper, longer term rates look likely to creep
higher. However, short term rates are holding pretty firm, creating a
bigger interest rate spread between long and short term rates (see all the Top Ranked ETFs here).
This is great news for companies like regional banks which focus on
‘basic’ banking activities like lending. After all, these banks borrow
money from depositors at low short term rates, and give loans at the
higher rates, making it that much easier for these firms to make money. (more)
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