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In 2008, nearly everybody made bad investments. By comparison, 2009 was a complete delight.
Still, investors made mistakes. Even with the huge rally, some stocks, including Valero Energy
What might have been
Personally, though, my biggest mistake this year was in cutting my winners short. The decision to take some profits on part of my positions in Starbucks
There's a lesson in that. Plenty of investors are smart enough to buy top performers like Apple
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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has made his share of mistakes. He still owns some shares of Starbucks and Freeport-McMoRan, though not as many as he'd like. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendation. Apple and Starbucks are Stock Advisor selections. Apollo Group is an Inside Value recommendation. Good or bad, the Fool's disclosure policy tells all.