Bracing for a choppy 2021 — Stock picks from 99th-percentile investor — 6 timeless investing rules

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Dear Readers,

As if 2020 wasn’t enough of a rollercoaster ride, US stocks started 2021 with their worst day in months. Even with new stimulus measures finally passed, traders appear worried that spiking virus cases will hamper the economic recovery everyone is banking on.

That has experts of all sorts theorizing about what could cause an unexpected market downturn that would contrast sharply with an allegedly improving economy. 

Ever ahead of the curve, the Investing team at Insider scoured the landscape and compiled a list of the 7 things the biggest firms on Wall Street think could crash the stock market’s party in 2021.

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Liz Ann Sonders, the chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, is in agreement. She recently told Insider that the market is vulnerable to an “extreme” pullback amid overextended investor sentiment — but also offered 4 trades that can still be used to drive returns this year.

For more, see below for Insider’s best Investing stories of the week, which include a wide array of additional recommendations, strategies, and tips for navigating uncertainty.

Thanks for reading!

— Joe

Zevenbergen Capital Investments

Brooke de Boutray’s Zevenbergen Genea Fund returned 148% year-to-date through mid-December and was among the 10 top-performing funds in 2020. She shared with Business Insider the 4 stocks she’s most bullish on heading into 2021.

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Brooke de Boutray has beaten 99% of her peers over the past 5 years and runs a fund that was up 148% in 2020. She shared with us 4 stocks she’s most bullish on heading into 2021.

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Jeff Neumann, a low-key millionaire trader profiled in Jack Schwager‘s new book “Unknown Market Wizards,” started trading with $2,500 in college and grew it into $50 million today.

Neumann became a millionaire at the age of 23 by trading penny stocks. But his style has evolved over the years to combine technical analysis, fundamental research, and the “invest in what you know” mantra popularized by legendary investor Peter Lynch. He shared with Schwager 6 trading rules that contributed to his success.

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Market wizard Jeff Neumann started trading with $2,500 and grew it to $50 million. He shares 6 timeless rules that helped him reach millionaire status in his first year.


Crossmark Global Investment’s Victoria Fernandez has an optimistic outlook for the S&P 500 heading into 2021. She broke down why she’s more bullish on growth stocks than value — and shared the two names she most recently added.

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A chief market strategist at a $5 billion firm lays out why she prefers growth stocks over pandemic-recovery favorites for a 2021 rally — and shares the 2 she added most recently

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