How To Double Your Stock Returns In 2017

As the trading year comes to an end, now is a good time to reflect on what you did right in the market, what you did wrong, and what you'd like to do better in the new year.

This includes patting yourself on the back for your successes.

Being honest with yourself for your failures.

And setting big goals for what you'd like to accomplish.

Like doubling your investment returns. (That's right, double!)

Think Big

It takes no more mental energy to work on a big goal than it does to work on a small one.

But the end results can be enormous.

Most people set their sights on small ideas because they don't yet know how they'll achieve them.

But in today's day and age, somebody has likely accomplished the very thing you've set out to do -- and left a roadmap on how to do it.

And for those who may think the market has already made its move and it's too late, think again.

The market has been trading within a perfectly defined uptrend since Q1 of 2009, and has now formed an unmistakable uptrend channel (see chart below). The uptrend line continues to form the backbone of this bull market. And the top line of the channel gives us a clear indication of where the market is headed.

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As you can see, the charts are projecting a price target of 2,500 by mid-2017, which represents a 10% move from where we are today. And if you were to extend that chart to the end of 2017, it comes in at 2,600 for a nearly 15% increase.

So, the stage is set for another up year. And with the bullish backdrop in place, that means significantly larger upside potential in individual stocks where you could see gains of 25%, 50%, even 100% or more, if you know where to look.

Do What Works

So, which stocks should move the most? Stick with tried and true methods that work to find the best ones.

This is part of the roadmap to success.

For example, did you know that stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 Strong Buy have beaten the market in 23 of the last 28 years with an average annual return of 26% per year? That's nearly three times the S&P. But when doing this year after year, that can add up to a lot more than just three times the returns.

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Where to Start

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