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Kim Jong Un may think he's got the world markets in chaos right now, thanks to the latest missile test over Japanese airspace…
But he's wrong.
In fact, the Dow and Nasdaq are back in the green as of the time of writing, with the S&P 500 only less than 1% away from doing the same.
That's why dumping your stocks based on world news events is the fastest – and easiest way – of putting your retirement savings at risk.
Instead, you should be buying stocks.
And here's a list of the eight stocks you'll need in your portfolio right now…
Protect Yourself – and Make Some Money – Using Defense "LEAPs"
Before the latest threats from Kim Jong Un came in, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed a resolution that imposes new sanctions on North Korea because of its ongoing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing along with its violations of UN resolutions. These are the strongest sanctions ever imposed and also ban countries from hiring any additional North Korean workers.
As you saw, North Korea's immediate response was "the U.S. mainland will sink into an unimaginable sea of fire," and there are reports now claiming the country has the capacity to launch a miniature nuclear warhead inside of a missile. Whether or not you believe this is all just "crazy talk" from Kim, the fact of the matter is we're in a serious situation – which the U.S. government and military are doing everything possible to deescalate and protect against any acts of war.
That means defense companies are going to be seeing a continued increase in their sales and revenue…
…which means defense stocks are where you want to put some money to hedge against a volatile market while making some real money, too.
And according to my proprietary tools, these are the top eight defense stocks trading at their 52-week highs:
Now keep in mind that we're looking at a situation that's likely to continue for some time. So when it comes to trading strategies to use, I wouldn't recommend anything short term. Instead, consider buying Long-Term Anticipation Securities (LEAPs). Here's a quick "cheat sheet"…
Now, if you're new to options and are still waiting to get your account set up and your clearance, a stock that's not optionable and is one to consider adding to your portfolio is the iShares U.S. Aerospace and Defense ETF (NYSE Arca: ITA). This is the largest defense ETF, by way of assets, and is currently trading at all-time highs. Additionally, it holds all of the eight stocks I listed above.
And as always, be sure to talk to your broker about what's most suitable for your needs.
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About the Author
Tom Gentile, options trading specialist for Money Map Press, is widely known as America's No. 1 Pattern Trader thanks to his nearly 30 years of experience spotting lucrative patterns in options trading. Tom has taught over 300,000 traders his option trading secrets in a variety of settings, including seminars and workshops. He's also a bestselling author of eight books and training courses.