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You might look back at 2008 and say, "That year did what?!" Or maybe 2008 will become The Year That Must Not Be Named. Sure, 2008 was definitely memorable -- but when it comes to your portfolio, 2008 will probably not be among your fondest recollections.
For many investors and companies, 2008 was disastrous. Individual investors have seen their portfolios and retirement accounts take a horrendous beating. Consumer confidence is dropping, and foreclosures are mounting. Meanwhile, what started off as government intervention into JPMorgan Chase's (NYSE: JPM ) purchase of Bear Stearns has ignited a stream of companies clamoring for government dollars.
Now, everyone from General Motors (NYSE: GM ) and Citigroup (NYSE: C ) to AIG and Fannie Mae has received bailout funds from the government. Heck, even farm-equipment maker Deere (NYSE: DE ) and conglomerate General Electric (NYSE: GE ) have received backing on their debt. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) , Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) , and American Express (NYSE: AXP ) even took the extreme measure of becoming bank holding companies, just to tap into government-allocated dollars. Wow -- who could have predicted that? And where do consumers sign up?
Spare some change for 2009?
2009 may or may not bring change. While many are hopeful that the arrival of a new U.S. president will improve matters, many more cannot deny the financial problems plaguing our country and the world. Depending on whom you talk or listen to, 2009 could be the year of opportunity, or the year of more financial doom and gloom.
Fools, we prefer to be optimistic. Tanking stock prices have left massive companies at undervalued prices not seen in years. With careful research and a few lessons from the mistakes of 2008, you can come out on top in 2009.
During the month of December, we've been reviewing 2008 and forecasting what 2009 will bring. You can see all of our coverage below. And stay tuned in 2009, as we'll continue to bring you your daily dose of Foolish analysis.
Cheers to a New Year and a fresh financial start!
Investing Lessons of 2008:
- Balance Sheets and Managements Matter -- Alyce Lomax
- Cheap Can Get Cheaper -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- Know What You're Buying -- John Rosevear
- Make Investing Automatic -- Dan Caplinger
- Trust, but Verify -- Morgan Housel
- Use Protection -- Toby Shute
2008 in review:
- These Are the Market's 10 Best Stocks – Tim Hanson
- The 10 Biggest Stories of 2008 -- Motley Fool Staff
- The Best News of 2008 -- Morgan Housel
- 2008: The Year of Moral Hazard -- Alyce Lomax
- The Wall Street Panic of 2008 -- Todd Wenning
- The Biggest Losers of 2008 -- Christopher Barker
- 2008: One Wacked-Our Year for Retail -- Alyce Lomax
- This Year's 5 Dumbest CEO Quotes -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- My Stupidest Calls of 2008 -- Toby Shute
- Stocks in the Black in 2008: The Few That Bucked the Trend -- Selena Maranjian
- 7 Stocks That Made You Money in 2008 -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- Answering 2008's Biggest Mystery -- Christopher Barker
- 6 Things I Watched for in 2008 -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- Who Is the Real CEO of the Year? -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- Don't Repeat This 2008 Mistake -- Dan Caplinger
- Was This the Best Stock Tip of 2008? -- Christopher Barker
- The Great Chinese Crash of 2008 -- Todd Wenning
- Health Care's Golden Children -- Brian Orelli
- 2008: The Year in Tech -- Tim Beyers
- 2008 Year-End ETF Review -- Zoe Van Schyndel
- The Year in Solar -- Toby Shute
Predictions for 2009:
- The Best Stocks for 2009 -- Jim Mueller
- And the Best Stock for 2009 Is... -- Dan Caplinger
- 5 Stocks to Avoid in 2009 -- Morgan Housel
- The Best Stocks for the Year Ahead -- Joe Magyer
- 3 Tips for a Happier 2009 -- Dan Caplinger
- 3 Bubbles That Will Shape 2009 -- Morgan Housel
- 3 Tech Stocks to Sell in 2009 -- Tim Beyers
- 3 Last-Chance Opportunities for 2009 -- Dan Caplinger
- 3 Obscure and Undervalued Stocks for 2009 -- James Early
- Bank Stocks in 2009 -- What You Need to Know -- Alex Dumortier
- Gold Will Be Fine in 2009 -- Christopher Barker
- A Cleantech Outlook for 2009 -- Toby Shute
- Where's Energy Headed in 2009? -- David Lee Smith
- The Case for Coal in 2009 -- Christopher Barker
- 5 Stocks That Could Die in 2009 --Morgan Housel
- Fertilizers in 2009: Feast or Famine? -- Toby Shute
- Where the Bull Will Run in 2009 -- Dan Caplinger
- 4 Wall Street Resolutions for 2009 -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- 3 Tech Stocks to Buy in 2009 -- Tim Beyers
- The Best Infrastructure Companies for 2009 -- David Lee Smith
- The Market's Biggest Fear for 2009 -- Dan Caplinger
- 3 Winning Stocks for a Challenging Year -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- 4 Predictions for 2009 -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- 5 More Predictions for 2009 -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- 5 Must-Dos for Surviving 2009 -- Dan Caplinger
- A Retail Play for 2009 -- Kristin Graham
- Playing the Retail Sector in 2009 -- Kristin Graham
- Can You Beat Index Funds in 2009? -- Dan Caplinger
- 2009: End of the Road for Pensions? -- Dan Caplinger
- 2009 Survival Guide for Sirius XM Radio -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
- A Bigger Housing Knockdown in '09? -- David Lee Smith
- Should You Bet Against Real Estate in 2009? -- Zoe Van Schyndel
- 2009's Generic Drugs: Who's at Risk -- Brian Orelli
- The Big Money Pick for 2009 -- Tim Beyers
- If I Have to Buy... -- Rick Aristotle Munarriz
1 China Stock in 2009
1 Search Engine in 2009
1 Restaurant Stock in 2009
1 Fun Stock in 2009
1 Tech Stock in 2009