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After a year long consolidation, the market has broken out to new highs.  As I’ve mentioned before, we have to take seriously the possibility that the post Brexit shakeout ushered in a new bull market (or a resumption of the bull market that started in 2009 depending on how you look at it).  A bumpy ride higher, north of 2,400 in the S&P 5000, seems quite reasonable.

 

beginnings of new bull run?

bull market breakout?

So how do we ride this potential bull?  Sure we can buy an ETF that tracks the S&P 500 like SPY, but that would only yield average results.  To generate alpha we need to actively put together and manage a basket of above average stocks that will outperform passive index funds.

One of the most common questions I get is, “What stocks should I buy?”  Well, no matter how much I believe in a company I would NEVER put a blanket buy recommendation on ANY stock.  I only want to buy a stock when it looks like it’s ready for an IMMEDIATE move higher and there is a stop loss level close by to limit risk.  I call the system I use help me identify these optimal entry points 821x.

When I want to add a new position to my portfolio, I scan HUNDREDS of charts looking for 821x buy signals and only enter the very best looking setups.  Some of the watchlists I scan through are from paid services and others I have built myself.  However, I am going to share with you two of my favorite watchlists that are completely FREE.  Both of these lists are focused on companies that are expected to experience above average earnings growth, which is a great place to put our money in a bull market environment.

IIC 100 – the Sharp Traders site has a wealth of resources on it, but the IIC 100 in particular is a go-to list for me that I review EVERY weekend.

IBD 50 – you have to subscribe to Investors Business Daily to gain access to the most up-to-date IBD 50, however, you can get a decent idea of what’s on the list for free by checking the holdings of the FFTY ETF.

Riding these stocks is actually a lot like riding a real bull.  You are likely to take plenty of bumps and bruises along the way when a trade doesn’t play out the way you hoped it would.  You’ll also likely experience the frustration of getting “bucked off” a big winner before it makes it’s run like we did in OMN and we almost did in NTG.  If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.  However, if you do your homework and follow your trading system, you’ll come out of this bull run with a lot more money than you had beforehand.

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