Here are three reasons why next year will be a time for conservative optimism among investors:
1. If the S&P 500 finishes the year above 2,034, it will lock in the third consecutive year of double-digit gains. Since inception of the S&P 500 84 years ago, that's happened only three times -- and the subsequent year was up double-digits every time.
2. 2015 is a pre-election year, which is the best performing year of the presidential election cycle. The last loss in a pre-election year dates back to 1939.
3. Based on duration and performance, some consider this bull market a "dead man walking." While certain indicators measuring internal market strength show a degree of weakening, we are not yet seeing the kind of "red flag behavior" typical of a major market top.
So it's a great time to invest in an ETF poised to take advantage of the coming market gains. Here are 10 to consider:
1. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
The SPDR S&P 500 ETF is the oldest and largest ETF in the world. Inexpensive and broad exposure to the U.S. stock market make it a solid foundation for any stock portfolio.