A shell-shocked economy, spiraling debt at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 135,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,300 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
Consider the once-iconic but now-maligned American International Group
1. Credit default swaps: AIG -- through credit default swaps -- is still guaranteeing close to $200 billion in assets consisting mostly of corporate loans and residential mortgages, a type of asset that continues to weigh on companies like Freddie Mac
2. Going 1-for-20: Coeur d'Alene Mines
3. One heck of a deep hole: Similar to Citigroup
Of course, AIG has survived to this day. But the question about whether the company will regain any former glory is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock has learned to count to three before making any hasty criticisms of the late-night news channel. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. The Fool's disclosure policy tends to coast early only to break in the stretch.