Obama Rushes To Keep Last Year’s Promise Before Address

The president has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American — business owners and workers, mayors and state legislators, young people, veterans, and folks in communities from across the country — in the project to restore opportunity for all, Pfeiffer said. He provided no specifics. Biden Trip Vice President Joe Biden , accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden , will travel to Rochester, New York , the day after Obamas speech to visit Monroe Community College and talk about education and workforce development, the White House said in a statement today. Obama, like his predecessors, has used State of the Union speeches to outline a legislative agenda for the coming year and paint a broad vision for the country. In previous addresses, he has recounted the nations climb out of the recession and outlined hurdles ahead; called for changes to U.S. immigration law; and cited China as a benchmark for academic achievement, mass transit , revamping the economy, or developing clean energy .
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-25/obama-rushes-to-keep-last-year-s-promise-before-address.html

Obama signs off on nomination of Rogers as NSA director

He’s promoting a White House task force he’s created to address the problem on college campuses. Obama is telling victims that they’re not alone. He says, quote, “I’ve got your back.” Obama says government has a role in ending sexual assault. But he says it’s up to everyone to teach young people to help put an end to the crime. In the Republican address, Sen.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-sex-assault-victims-ive-back-21754631

In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity

She cited his background in intelligence and his experience heading Fleet Cyber Command, the Navys cyber unit that also works for U.S. Cyber Command. Rogers understands signals intelligence and cyberattack operations, as well as the intelligence needs for the military and civilian agencies, she said. He is the kind of leader who will http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ embrace the challenge of defining the optimal balance for the NSA between security, privacy and freedom in the digital age, Roberts said. The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to question him on issues related to both cyber operations and the NSA.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-signs-off-on-nomination-of-rogers-as-nsa-director/2014/01/25/bc54378c-85f7-11e3-801f-e3ff2ca3fab6_story.html

Obama to Sex Assault Victims: ‘I’ve Got Your Back’

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said the GOP wish list includes “expanding trade, approving the Keystone pipeline and promoting education and skills training for those still struggling in this economy.” The traditional State of the Union response from the president’s opposing party will be delivered this year by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House. The move appears to be in part an effort by Republicans to ratchet up their appeals to women, who have sided with Democrats in large numbers in recent presidential elections. While Obama is currently balancing several high-profile foreign policy matters, international issues are expected to get only a brief mention in Tuesday’s speech. The president is expected to note that the long war in Afghanistan will formally end later this year, though he’s not expected to announce any decisions on whether to keep some American troops there after 2014.
Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140125-in-address-obama-to-focus-on-economic-opportunity.ece


Vietnam’s Stock Surge Encourages Ipos

Robert Shiller: I’m still investing in the stock market

Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments Keynesian economists have cited the rising U.S. stock market as evidence that the economy is picking up steam. Then theyve been surprised by the unemployment and lack of hiring. The stock market, despite record highs, is not correlated to the performance of the overall economy. The misery index is an economic indicator of unemployment plus inflation.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmarotta/2014/01/23/should-we-wallow-in-the-rising-stock-market/


22, 2014 11:57 a.m. ET Investors are warming to Vietnamese stocks, wagering on accelerating growth in an often overlooked economy. Rising share prices are encouraging the government, which owns many companies ranging from the country’s flagship airline to its largest brewery, to privatize by selling shares in Vietnam’s capital markets. Officials recently have signaled that they are proceeding with privatization plans, which has bolstered investors’…
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Stock Market Today: A Buyout for A-B InBev and a Solid Quarter for Unilever

Fearful investors with bunkers full of cash and over-allocations to bonds continue to be held hostage to ultra-low interest rates and the anticipation of the losses that will accompany the inevitable rate hikes. High-quality equities remain one of the few reasonable alternatives when the great rotation occurs. A recovering housing market is likely to send a wealth effect rippling through the economy. The housing market is continuing to transition from purchasers who are investors and speculators to those who intend to occupy the homes they buy. Still, I believe the bias is to the upside, and the greater “risk” remains being out of a rising market rather than being caught in an overheated crashing market.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101351094

Is the stock market getting too overheated?

crude oil for March delivery, which will become the front-month contract Wednesday, rose 37 cents to $94.97. There was no settlement on Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange due to a U.S. holiday. The Brent-WTI spread , which traded as tight as $11.16 on Friday, widened to settle at $11.76. ULSD settled 0.1 percent lower at $3.0147 a gallon, after racing as high as $3.0834 a barrel in advance of the snowstorm and cold front that could boost heating fuel demand.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2014/01/21/us-stock-market-weighs-on-oil/

Labor force participation rate 2013/12

Cyclical sectors remain weak and the financial space, which has been lagging since the open, has extended its loss to 2.1%. Elsewhere, the materials sector (-2.1%) is the only other group sporting a loss of 2.0% or more. Taking a deeper look into the financial space reveals broad weakness among top-weighted sector components. Bank of America (BAC 16.76, -0.39), Citigroup (C 50.61, -1.29), Goldman Sachs (GS 169.56, -4.12), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM 56.26, -1.33) all hold losses between 2.2% and 2.5% while the largest sector member, Wells Fargo (WFC 46.08, -0.59) trades in-line with the S&P 500.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-market-briefing-com-141443709.html

Stock Market Update from Briefing.com

You can find out which stock it is in the special free report ” The Motley Fool’s Top Stock for 2014 .” Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company. Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Coach. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coach.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/22/stock-market-today-coachs-weak-holiday-and-united.aspx

U.S. Stock Market Weighs On Oil

Still, in exchange for the added leverage the company gets a foothold in a region that’s seeing much stronger sales growth than the United States. InBev’s stock is up 2.9% in premarket trading. Unilever’s stock is up 4% in premarket trading after the consumer goods company today reported strong fourth-quarter earnings results. Sales grew by 4.1% and operating profit jumped by 8%, as the company expanded profitability across all of its geographic regions and product categories.
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The stock market in 2014: up, but volatile

The flow will be uneven, as many will be saying the market is overvalued, causing investor skittishness as the year progresses. It will be a noticeable improvement in the economy that will accelerate Fed bond tapering, setting the stage for longer-term bond yields to again move higher. This means the bond market will continue its bearish trend, but the impact may not be as pronounced as many predict, if only because there is no inflation or wage pressure. But the general direction is upward, with the 10-year Treasury getting to the 4 percent range in 2015.
Source: http://www.nhbr.com/The-stock-market-in-2014-up-but-volatile/

Stock Market Today: Coach’s Weak Holiday and United Technology’s Spiking Profits

(Read More: Housing market could be facing another bubble: Shiller ) In December, Shiller, who co-founded the Case-Shiller index of home prices, shared an equally bearish view on the U.S. housing market. He told CNBC that the market could be in the early stages of yet another bubble. “In the housing market, it has its own momentum right now as people see it coming back. We’re sort of in the beginnings of another housing bubble,” he said.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101353571

Irda: No Grand Design Behind Etf Guidelines For Insurers

However, there is a dual exchange listing requirement click here. which we are working on currently and we are also reviewing our expense ratio for the same. While the mutual fund industry is gearing up for the business, insurers do not seem very enthused and are waiting to study the final guidelines. We are yet to discuss the draft guidelines in detail internally. We also plan to discuss the draft with Irda. Based on a preliminary analysis, we are not sure if we would be using ETFs as a part of our portfolio given the additional costs attached in doing so and because we will be able to replicate the underlying portfolios ourselves, said Prasun Gajri , chief investment officer, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
Source: http://www.livemint.com/Money/TyVsNxP94Uu50GiKrGlwQP/Irda-No-grand-design-behind-ETF-guidelines-for-insurers.html

private equity firm Warburg Pincus has bought a majority stake in a European exchange traded fund provider, in a deal that will give the asset manager new funds to expand offerings and grow through acquisitions, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Warburg Pincus purchased the stake in Source from a group of banks that included Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, according to the report that valued the investment at about $300 million. (Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Chris Reese) FILED UNDER:
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/19/us-warburgpincus-etf-idUSBREA0I0KY20140119?feedType=RSS&amp

ETF Does Not Mean Index Fund

Most assets in ETFs are tracking capitalization-weighted market indexes. These are familiar indexes that were all familiar with. ETFs that track market benchmarks have significantly more assets in them than ETFs that employ other strategies, and continue to attract most of the new asset flow according to Morningstar . The S&P 500 is the largest and most popular index in this category. Non-benchmark following ETFs were introduced in 2003.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickferri/2014/01/16/etf-does-not-mean-index-fund/

Highland/iBoxx Senior Loan ETF Announces Details of January Regular Distribution

With the 10-Year Treasury Note Yield holding steady at approximately 3% and the Fed committed to a near zero Fed Funds rate for the foreseeable future, income investors have to look for additional yield in unconventional places. Even a traditional dividend paying common stock is likely to only have a yield in the neighborhood of 3%, which may not cut it for a retired household that is looking to extend their savings for many more years. The key to enhancing your income sources without taking an inordinate amount of risk is to carve out a small slice of your portfolio for avant-garde dividend paying sectors. Asset classes such as preferred stocks, MLPs, and REITs can often times be desirable because they do not correlate directly to equity or bond price movement. This allows you to diversify your portfolio holdings into areas of the market that may outperform traditional asset classes under the right circumstances. They can also help smooth out volatility by somewhat offsetting the price movement of other securities in your income mix. In 2013, the performance of these alternative strategies was a mixed bag. The area that saw the most strength was master limited partnerships, of which the Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEARCA:AMLP) is still the biggest of the group with over $7 billion in total assets. The commodity sector had a volatile year; however the income stream that MLPs derive from their infrastructure leasing and development has been rock solid. AMLP gained over 18% last year and is currently paying a yield of over 6%, which is distributed quarterly. One of the advantages of owning an ETF instead of an individual MLP is that you dont have to deal with the tax headache of a K-1 on your tax return and you get the benefit of diversification amongst a similar segment of companies. If the economy stays on track and commodity prices (i.e.
Source: http://www.wnd.com/markets/news/read/26185546/etf_income_investing_ideas_for_2014_%5Bvanguard_reit_etf

ETF Income Investing Ideas For 2014 [Vanguard REIT ETF, Alerian Mlp, iShares S&P US Pref Stock Idx Fnd (ETF)]

About Highland Capital Management Highland Capital Management is an SEC-registered investment adviser which, together with its affiliates, has approximately $18 billion of assets under management. Founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit managers. Highland’s strategies include collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), high yield bonds, distressed credit, public and private equities, structured products and natural resources. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Highland/iBoxx Senior Loan ETF carefully before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s summary and full prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-855-799-4757 or visiting http://www.highlandfunds.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140117-909523.html

Rough Road Ahead For An Overly Bullish Stock Market?

Put Call Ratio updated

The red line in the primary http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20131207102553AAXvB0j section of the chart displays the Put/Call Ratios weekly average while the blue line displays its four week moving average. The weekly average is reaching levels only seen a few times since the rally that started in 2009 kicked off. The four week average meanwhile has just closed at its lowest level since 2005. This shows that options traders own an abnormally low level of puts compared to calls and suggests that options traders also have joined the other groups of investors by becoming one-sidedly bullish. A Warning, but not a Signal, yet On the surface these extremely low levels seem like a dire warning sign, but looking back at history provides some perspective. At the end of every year since 2009, the one week ratio has always spiked into very bearish territory, sometimes offering an opportunity but also sometimes providing a false signal (with no accompanying market decline). This is shown by the red arrows on the graphic. Highlighted by the red circles on the top graph showing the S&P 500, those end of year spikes that actually turned out to be a good warning are shown. At the beginning of 2010 and 2011 this indicator provided a good warning, but at the beginning of 2012 and 2013 it did not.
Full story: http://investorplace.com/2014/01/rough-road-ahead-overly-bullish-stock-market/

Student Loans Got You Down? 5 Tips To Make Them More Affordable

5 Things Student Loan Lawyers Ask Borrowers Who File For Bankruptcy

Pay down your principle. Much of your monthly payment will go to paying off the interest on your loan. You can actually reduce the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan (and save money) by paying down the principal of the loan. If you can pay more than your monthly payment, pay down principal by adding a written note with your payment specifying that the surplus should be applied to your principal. Check out more information on paying more than your monthly requirement here .
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-senack/student-loans-got-you-dow_b_4564481.html

Fewer than 1,000 people try each year. Those who do are required to file a lawsuit against their lenders and then convince a bankruptcy judge that theyre so poor theres no hope of ever repaying the loans. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Education, which guarantees most of the roughly $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, have been criticized for making unreasonable arguments to sway judges that struggling borrowers can afford their monthly student loan payments. Here are five of them.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/student-loan-lawyers-bankruptcy_n_4557032.html

Student Loans: A Financial Bubble in the Making?

One day, analysts could be looking at rates even higher. But how bad would it have to get for a “bubble” effect, and what would that do to students whose bank accounts and earnings are on the line? “A bubble starts getting attention when it affects one-third of a relevant population,” says Kantrowitz. “One-third is the key factor. What this means is that these borrowers may not be able to save for their own kids’ college education because they’re devoting their money to paying back their own loans … and they won’t borrow from loan programs because they’re up to their eyebrows in their own student-loan debt.” Kantrowitz describes something familiar.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/07/student-loans-a-financial-bubble-in-the-making.aspx

Parent PLUS loan seen as parent trap

The student is being advised about financial support provided by the University such as short term loans to assist with living costs.” “The whole situation seemed completely unreasonable,” saidTsvetomir Dimitrov, a Bulgarian Obama student loan forgiveness program third-year Law student at the University of Northampton.He contacted SFE after a letter from his university stated he may have to begin tuition fee repayments. Both his loans have been frozen, and he was asked to provide bills, bank statements and tax information, he says. Luckily, his university have been understanding. The University of Northampton said:”This decision was taken by the SLC/SFE and has impacted a small percentage of students at the University of Northampton. The University’s Financial Guidance team has worked with students to provide the residency evidence to resolve the matter and reinstate funding.” Second-year Finance and Business Economics student Daniel Cegoreanu said that the situation is “nonsense.” He studies at the University of Bournemouth, and says he received an email from SFE asking him to pay back a 1,118maintenance grant.
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/romanian-and-bulgarian-students-fear-exclusion-from-uk-universities-after-being-faced-with-loan-freezes-9052230.html

Romanian and Bulgarian students fear exclusion from UK universities after being faced with loan freezes

Apply for federal and state financial aid. Carefully compare financial aid awards from schools offering admission. Appeal inadequate financial aid award from choice college with documentation about true financial situation, through the schools Financial Aid Office. Ask the school about grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities instead of loans. Get a part-time job that does not interfere with studies. Do not attend an unaffordable college.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/parent-plus-loan-seen-as-parent-trap

Couple With $1.2 Million Betting Too Big On Stocks

Can Stocks Recapture 2013’s Momentum?

Related: How much should you hold in stocks? The initial 80/20 mix is aggressive for people in their fifties, but not off the charts; T. Rowe Price’s Retirement 2025 Fund, for people retiring in 11 years, has a 75/25 mix. Pomeranz says an 80% stock portfolio isn’t right for everyone the Baumans’ ages, but is appropriate for the couple, given the priority they place on retiring early, plus Robert’s comfort with risk, as evidenced by his current all-stock portfolio. How to save for retirement in 2014 If the markets don’t cooperate, says the planner, the couple would have to revise their plans by saving more, working longer, or living on less in retirement.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/08/retirement/investing-stocks.moneymag/index.html

Indian Stocks: Make Money in Them the Easy Way

The index underperformed major markets in continental Europe, especially the peripheral euro zone markets, which continued a recent streak of outperformance. “It’s natural to pause here (after a strong December rally), but going forward it’s still looking good,” Mike McCudden, head of derivatives at Interactive Investor, said of the FTSE. Imperial Tobacco fell 2.9 percent and British American Tobacco 1 percent, after reports that China’s health officials wanted to ban smoking in public places by the end of this year. “With China, there’s a lot of concern over smog and air pollution. The doors have been flung open with regards to reform, and with that will come a change in standards with regards to healthcare,” said Alastair McCaig, an hot stocks to buy analyst at IG.
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/uk-markets-britain-stocks-idUKBRE8710BE20140108

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Indexed Investing and ETFs: One of the downsides (OK, relative downsides) for active stock pickers is that a significant number of funds simply couldnt keep up with the S&P 500 in 2013. Whenever we see a blockbuster year for broad stock market indices, the allure of index funds rises , not only because they tend to outperform, but do so while charging us lower fees. What that means is that Vanguard rules the roost. The firm that pioneered S&P 500 index investing captured about $98 of every $100 invested in American equity funds in 2013, according to an Investment News report based on Morningstar data. How to Play the Trends For investors looking ahead into 2014, the trick is figuring out which trends are cyclical and which are secular and then, if theyre cyclical, figuring out just where we are in the cycle.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-recapture-2013-momentum-224100082.html

US STOCKS-S&P 500 ends flat in wake of Fed minutes

Why Indian stocks? If you’re drawn to China for its massive population of roughly 1.4 billion people, don’t overlook India, with about 1.3 billion and a rapidly growing middle class. Adding international stocks to your portfolio is also good simply for diversification’s sake, and if you’re bullish on India’s future, this ETF focused on Indian stocks is worth consideration. Some Indian stocks had strong performances over the past year. Infosys (NYSE: INFY ) , for example, surged 34%.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/etf/2014/01/08/indian-stocks-make-money-in-them-the-easy-way.aspx

Tobacco stocks and Sainsbury weigh on Britain’s FTSE

A worker shelters from the rain as he passes the London Stock Exchange in the City of London at lunchtime October 1, 2008. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Ford’s stock rose 1 percent to end at $15.54. That prompted many on Wall Street to say the retailer’s sales may have declined last month. Apollo Education Group Inc shares jumped 14.2 percent to $30.76 after the owner of the University of Phoenix reported a quarterly profit well ahead of Wall Street expectations. The pharmaceutical sector remained a hotbed for mergers and acquisitions. Forest Laboratories agreed to buy privately held specialty pharmaceutical company Aptalis Holdings Inc for about $2.9 billion.
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/markets-usa-stocks-idUKL2N0KI29Q20140108

Emerging Stocks Snap Five-Day Drop on Global Growth Prospects

The won extended a rebound from a two-month low. A faster-than-expected expansion in the world economy contrasts with the outlook in October, when the IMF lowered its expectation for the pace of expansion for 2014. Investors also watched data showing that American companies added more workers than projected in December, while German factory orders increased more than economists forecast in November. The global growth backdrop continues to be positive, Maarten-Jan Bakkum, a senior emerging-markets strategist at ING Groep NV in The Hague, said by e-mail.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-08/emerging-stocks-halt-five-day-drop-on-imf-as-chinext-surges.html

This Etf Holds Stocks Insiders Want To Own

Consider these points: Most prominent Chinese companies don’t list in mainland China: they list in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for access to the currently-hot internet sector, almost all Chinese internet companies list in the U.S. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) make up a majority of the A-shares market. Since they are largely controlled by the Chinese government, these companies have traditionally been light on transparency. ASHR isn’t cheap. It has a relatively high expense ratio of 1.08 percent.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101310060?doc=101310060%257cIn+with+the+new:+Unusual+

( NYSE: APD ), which makes up 1.14% of the First Trust Materials AlphaDEX Fund (FXZ), has seen 2 directors and officers purchase shares in the past six months, according to the recent Form 4 data. The ETF holds a total of $5,234,320 worth of APD, making it the #38 largest holding. The table below details the recent insider buying activity observed at APD: APD last trade: $111.44 Recent Insider Buys: Purchased $109.71 $399,892.95 Special Offer: Find out what Dave Moenning is holding in the Top 5 Portfolio with a free 30 day trial and a 20% off coupon from Forbes. And Sigma-Aldrich Corp.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/etfchannel/2014/01/03/this-etf-holds-stocks-insiders-want-to-own-56/

U.S. stock fund and ETF styles for your 2014 buy list

These are my thoughts on opportunities and risk in bonds over the next 12 months. Most investors perceive rising interest rates to be the biggest risk to bond holders over the next year. And there are a number of ways that ETF investors can combat rising rates. This fund essentially moves in the same direction as long-term interest rates and can hedge off a portion of the volatility in your fixed-income portfolio.
Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12189754/1/etf-income-investing-for-2014-part-1-bonds.html

ETF Preview: Broad Market ETFs Edge Higher; Gold Silver Funds Active Pre-Bell

The ETFs largest holding is Denmarks A.P. Moller Maersk, which operates across multiple businesses, not just shipping. The company had $59 billion in revenue in 2012. SEA is also home to Teekay LNG Partners ( TGP ), a shipper of liquefied natural gas, and Teekay LNG Partners ( TOO ), a provider of offshore oil storage services. The average dividend yield on those stocks is 6.4%. Guggenheim Shipping ETF SEA ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/shipping-etf-looks-more-upside-110008250.html

7 ETFs to Buy in 2014 – ETF News And Commentary

market to go wrong, as 457 stocks in the S&P 500 were up and only 41 lost ground, according to S&P. Bond-fund investors, meanwhile, suffered through the worst year for bonds since 1994. Few market strategists foresee anything close to a repeat performance in 2014 , but signs that corporate earnings are steadily improving suggests a decent year ahead for U.S. stocks and the funds and ETFs that own them. To the extent that interest rates and volatility is suppressed, market returns are going to be reasonably positive, says Art Steinmetz, president of OppenheimerFunds.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-fund-and-etf-styles-for-your-2014-buy-list-2014-01-04

In with the new: Unusual ETFs in 2014

U.S. stock futures are pointing to a slightly higher open after losses on Thursday, though trading is likely to be extremely light in a holiday-shortened week and with a heavy snowstorm crippling much of the north east U.S. Power Play: Commodities Crude is ticking higher; United States Oil Fund (USO) was down 0.09%. Natural gas is down 0.54% and United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) has slipped 0.43%. Gold was up 0.3% and silver was up 0.28%.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-broad-market-etfs-edge-higher-gold-silver-funds-active-prebell-cm315658

Deutsche ETF arm has painful 2013

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Shipping ETF Looks for More Upside

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 ) 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.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/7-etfs-to-buy-in-2014-etf-news-and-commentary-cm315563