Best and worst investment ideas for 2014
As the year winds down, it's natural to take stock of which investments were leaders and which were laggards in 2013.
It's also timely to look ahead at 2014 and try to discern what will be the best and worst investment ideas then.
This year, U.S. stocks have certainly been a winner, boosted by the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program. The Standard & Poor's 500 index generated a total return of 26.4 percent through Nov. 4, according to Morningstar.
Meanwhile, commodities have been a loser amid sluggish global economic growth. The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index lost 7.8 percent through Oct. 22, according to Morningstar.
As for next year, some investment experts are bullish on stocks, bonds, bank-loan funds and reversion-to-mean investments. And some experts are bearish on commodities, bonds (yes, this asset class has both optimists and pessimists) and stocks that have soared in 2013.