After all, at this point, ETFs cover just about every corner of the market, splicing and dicing Wall Street by market cap, sector, asset class and geography. So, if you want to see how gold did, for instance, take a look at the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD). U.S. large caps? Vanguard Large Cap (VV).
It’s just that easy.
The first half of 2013 is no different — a glimpse into some of the past six months’ best and worst performers are a pretty good reflection of many of the major headlines we’ve seen throughout the year, though a couple might surprise you given their relative lack of coverage.
So, without further ado, here’s a look at some of 2013′s shiners and stinkers so far: