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A board overlooking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows an intraday number above 1,600 for the S&P 500, Friday, May 3, 2013. A mixed strategy of investing in growth stocks and dividends allows investors to run with both the bulls and the bears.
A board overlooking the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows an intraday number above 1,600 for the S&P 500, Friday, May 3, 2013. A mixed strategy of investing in growth stocks and dividends allows investors to run with both the bulls and the bears.
(Richard Drew/AP)

Bullish or bearish? Be both

If you find yourself nodding in agreement with bullish and bearish views of the stock market, feeling unable to commit to either a future rally or a correction, try gearing up for both.

Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Nesbitt Burns, calls it the portfolio barbell, where you make aggressive bets on a rising market and defensive bets on trouble ahead.