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What Else to Expect in 2014

 NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Over the last few weeks, I've written about some sleeper stocks to watch for in 2014. Last week, I discussed some general trends that should also play out.

What else should you be on the look-out for as we go into 2014?

Taking a step back, I believe we're heading into another year of positive gains for the S&P 500. I know this is upsetting to a lot of market watchers and talking heads on CNBC but I think it's true.

I don't think it will be another year like this one where the S&P is up 30%. My guess is it will be one where the market is up in the mid-teens. That would take it up to over 2,100.

What does this mean for how you should position yourself?

Obviously, I think you want to have a long bias going into 2014. However, with every year that we move away from 2008's crisis, it becomes more and more of a stock-picker's market. That means you have to be good at picking longs and shorts. You can no longer just bet it all on red or black and hope to come out again.

How can the market keep going up?

A couple of thoughts. First, we have had two big stock run in the last 20 years, from 1992 to 2000 and from 2001-2002 through 2008. We are now five years into the current stock run. While it seems like a long time when you're in it, it's really not compared to those other runs.

What's more, because the severity of the 2008 financial crisis was so much larger than the dot-com collapse or the Iraq war, I suspect this current bull run to be much longer than those prior ones.

That means we could have another five years of a bull market in front of us before we truly see a large correction as we did at the end of those other runs. A 10-year bull market would make sense to me given how big the blowup was in 2008 and how far we dropped with the kind of restorative measures that were required to get the economy back on its feet.

There are many who want to call the top on this current bull market. They want to be able to say one year after a crash that "I predicted this would happen." It's a crazy byproduct to having two big corrections in the last 12 years.

Stock quotes in this article: YHOO, AOL 

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