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What do junk bonds (JNK), high yield corporate bonds (HYG), small-cap (IWM) and biotech stocks (IBB) have in common? Answer: they represent part of a risk-based system that should be monitored, short, medium and long term as part of your toolset. We monitor these instruments daily.

Investors should monitor these asset classes when planning for retirement and the intermediate term trend.

Junk Bonds JNK, Small Caps IWM, Biotech IBB Risk Monitors

The indicators are all moving higher pointing to a bullish market short, medium and long term. Once short-term changes in December suggested entering equities again, the medium and longer-term trends improved.

Add crude oil (USO) and NYAD, the NYSE advancing vs. declining stocks index to round out your toolset. When one diverges, watch the others closely. Specifically, if bonds dropped suddenly its time to assess your risk. Monitor your positions and take risk off as necessary.

Being invested when markets are in your favor will make a huge improvement in your performance over time. Moving your positions to cash assets and/or adding to short positions/hedges when these indicators turn, as they did in October, will have an added benefit of helping you avoid major losses.

Futures are higher on China US trade developments. SPY (+1.44 pts).

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*** Stocks highlighted are for information purposes only and should not be considered as advice to purchase or to sell mentioned securities. 

As always, the use of technical and fundamental analysis is encouraged in order to fine tune entry and exit points to average seasonal trends.

These mentions are stocks that we may or may not decide to trade as outlined in the watchlist. Always use a stop.