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The Motley Fool's 2009 Year in Review and Predictions for 2010

Tip your hat to mark the passing of 2009 --
even if the market now and then would lose its mind.

The Dow's finishing the year aloft by -- phew -- 20%;
Perhaps, at last, the doomsayers and naysayers are spent.

Obama moved to D.C., and the country kept him busy.
His health-care bill drove legislators right into a tizzy.

2009 exposed a pile of putrid Ponzi schemes,
Preying on unfortunates with get-rich-quickly dreams.

Periodic public panic? Thank the market, or swine flu,
Not to mention pink slips issued at Sprint (NYSE: S  ) , Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) , and Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO  ) .

Bank execs repaid the TARP to keep their parachutes gold.
And like that mineral's rising price, their paychecks stayed bankrolled.

An irate ex went after David Letterman for cash,
But Tiger Woods lost even more in one unlucky crash.

For its gas-guzzling line of cars, GM had no defense.
So Uncle Sam gave $50 billion -- how does that make sense?

We gave out cash for clunkers, and for anything with wheels;
Low interest rates gave homebuyers a slew of housing steals.

The Yankees won the series; Avatar's a big success;
and hefty gains left Sirius (Nasdaq: SIRI  ) and Ford (NYSE: F  ) investors blessed.

Now, as we draw the curtain on the best of 2-K-9,
let's hope 2010 becomes the market's year to shine.

A look back at 2009:

Predictions for 2010:

Katrina Chan owns no shares of any of the companies mentioned. Ford and Yahoo! are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Sprint Nextel is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy that doesn't want to be tardy for the party.

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  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2009, at 1:36 PM, watersm wrote:

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    I sold two late, and bought the same,

    so now I have 25 years of tax loss I can claim.

    My Fool subscriptions all renewed to keep my hopes alive,

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  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2009, at 4:38 PM, plange01 wrote:

    2009 ends in a loss as it started.since march stocks rose on bad news and went in the opposite direction of the economy.expect 2010 for reality to quickly set in as the US enters its second year in a depression and moves toward a major collapse....

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2009, at 7:46 PM, markofzorro wrote:

    200 - 2009: The naught decade.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2009, at 8:44 PM, ExploringMars wrote:

    I will play the opposite of everything this website says. Their information is to throw off investors at making serious money. If anything, this sight is properly named, cause only fools take the suggestions seriously,

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2009, at 9:00 PM, alexxlea wrote:

    Their advice is buy stocks, hold them for years, keep buying them past their peak, rinse and repeat.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2010, at 9:38 AM, Fool wrote:

    what is the fools track record for 2009? if its posted,where can i find it?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2010, at 11:44 AM, xetn wrote:

    I think that Fool only promotes it's own stock holdings and as many other subscriptions as you are "fool" enough to subscribe to.

    As for me, I think I have had enough.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2010, at 12:46 PM, plange01 wrote:

    2010 sees the US entering its second year in a depression.over 20% of the workforce already unemployed.rising inflation,interest rates,forclosures and bankruptcys.the country is without leadership and close to a major collapse....

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2010, at 12:41 AM, Aryabod wrote:

    Since the Fool is not brave enough to make predictions I will do so at grave risk to my reputation. I feel one of the best buys for 2010 wil be Sprint (S). The following are my reasons:

    1. What no one talks about is Sprint's line up of phones, which HAD been the main reason for them losing customers. That is no longer the case, their line up has put them on the same level as their peers, ATT & Verizon, however with the advantage of Plans that are half the cost of T & VZ.

    2. In 2010 Sprint will be the only Telco with a legitimate 4G platform, which will enable them to claim that they unequivocally have the fastest network in the nation. At least five times faster than anything ATT or VZ can muster. Now couple this with the fact that S has twice as much 3G coverage as ATT and 14 times that of Tmobile.

    3. In 2010 Sprint will be the only company with a 4G phone.

    4. Once their Wimax 4G is completed, Sprint will also be able to eliminate bilions of dollars in Operating Expenses that are associated with fees paid for using the major Telcos Backhaul.

    5. With the purchase of iPCS in Q4, 2009 Spirnt eliminated a costly litigation that could have hamstrung the company for some time and limited their 4G expansion in numerous states.

    6. With their purchase of Virgin Mobile, they added 5.3 million Pre Paid subscribers to their existing Pre Paid subs. at Boost Mobile.

    7. With FCF close to $3 billion and $6 billion in cash the company is in better shape than most S&P 500 companies.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2010, at 9:04 AM, cubmonkeysheep wrote:

    My predicitons for 2009 are quite simple:

    Anything wireless or mobile will do well.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2010, at 1:19 PM, plange01 wrote:

    with the US entering its second year in a depression expect to see thousands of already weakened companys fail pushing unemployment to unheard of levels.2010 will see a major collapse in the US..a few sure to go..GM,chrysler,sirius,hertz,rite aid,moodys and ual...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2010, at 4:54 PM, cmm3 wrote:

    2010 is going to be rough. EAFE Pro still feels there is investment potential in the EAFE sectors however.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2010, at 10:53 AM, plange01 wrote:

    my big name picks for 2010...rimm,ba and c..the losers...aapl,gs,goog,amzn and bidu...the depression will get worse and some,chrysler,hertz,rite aid,ual ,moody's and sirius...

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2010, at 3:05 PM, plange01 wrote:

    as the US enters its second year in a depression.thousands of already weakened companys will start to fail.this will add millions more to the already staggering unemployment and forclosures...who will be the fist to go? here are a few with little chance of making it six months...GM,chrysler,etrade,moodys ,hertz,ual,toll brothers and sirius ..just are few...

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