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For stock investors, it didn't take much fancy footwork to make money in 2013.
U.S. stocks soared to record highs as nearly every part of the market posted gains, from health care to housing. The across-the-board strength drove the S&P 500 up 29.6% — its strongest performance since a 31% jump in 1997, when the economy was booming.
Bond investors faced a more daunting climate. As interest rates climbed, bond prices slumped, sending the market as a whole down roughly 2% for the year, according to the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, a widely cited barometer of the bond market.
So what's in store for 2014? What are some of the market's most compelling opportunities? If you're looking for guidance or investing ideas, the following articles could help — offering insights into U.S. stocks, bonds and other investments.
As always, these ideas are not meant as recommendations but rather a starting point. You should consult an adviser or conduct your own research before investing.
14 stock picks for 2014: Finding bargains isn’t easy in this market, so we asked fund managers for the stocks they would still buy and hold for at least three years. Here are their top picks.
Danoff: Finding growth stocks: Fewer stocks look appealing after the 2013 rally, but there are still opportunities among best-of-breed companies, according to Will Danoff, manager of the Fidelity Contrafund (FCNTX).
9 investing ideas for today's market: While stocks surged last year, some advisers still see upside ahead. Here are nine ideas to consider for today's market.
2014 stock market outlook: Five years into a powerful rally, will the market have any oomph left for the coming year? A look at how things could shape up.
Bond playbook for 2014: The bond market may not be much friendlier this year but investing pros say you can still make money. Here's a strategy for your bond holdings, plus seven funds and ETFs to consider.
Best deals in bonds: Bonds and other income-oriented investments aren't likely to deliver big returns this year but you won't lose sleep worrying that your principal will melt.
3 stock market scenarios: Fidelity’s Jurrien Timmer handicaps possible market activity this year: bull, bear, or more of the same.
The good news (maybe) about 2014: For more than four years, Americans have waited for the economic recovery to get going. Here are four reasons 2014 could be the year.
Commodities ready to rebound? Stocks outgunned commodities by a long shot in 2013, but commodities have a good chance of rebounding in the new year.
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