The S&P 500 gained a whopping 10% in the first quarter of the year. That’s just the thirteenth time that the index posted a gain of 10% or more.
In all but two of those years, stocks continued to post gains in the remainder of the year.
That may all be well and good, but if you are like me you might be a bit more skeptical. This year might be the exception to that history.
The market made its hay thanks to the easy money policy of the Federal Reserve and a lack of options for investors looking to take more risk.
Now that the gains have been made it makes more than just a little sense to take some money off the table. That is especially true with some of the biggest winners in the market.
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Winners into losers
Nothing goes up forever. Eventually a stock will revert to its mean average returns. That means the winners in the first quarter are likely to be the losers of the second quarter.
Before that happens, consider liquidating these five stocks before it’s too late: