So what are the financial gurus saying about 2014?
Most Fed watchers expect the central bank to begin cutting back its $85-billion-per-month bond-buying program in the first quarter, a subject the market has been skittish about every time the subject is broached in the media.
And how about Jim Cramer? The Mad Money host gives some thought to "something brand new and astoundingly positive -- an atmosphere in Washington that's not as poisonous." Cramer analyzes 30 top stocks in three separate articles, and concludes AT&T continues to struggle against Verizon, that Intel has a terrific balance sheet, and speculates how much money JP Morgan could earn "if the bank were able to focus on being a bank rather, than on being a pinata of the Justice Department."
Yet, be careful with your stock investments. That's the advice of MarketWatch writer Paul Farrell. Farrell believes there is a 98 percent chance the market will crash in 2014, saying after the "irrational exuberance of the 'Christmas rally' ” passes, reality will set in.