Cramer's 'Mad Money': Staying in the Game
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"If you want to use your money to make money, stocks are your best shot," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV Show Monday.
He said high-quality, dividend-paying stocks are still the single best asset class over any 20-year period. The key, he said, is to stay in the game, even when every instinct you have tells you to give up.Cramer said staying in the markets is hard, especially after a big loss. He said there's no magic formula to turn all stocks into winners, so being able to deal with losing a boatload of money is a necessity. Investors need to expect market corrections, not fear them, he said.
The Right Mix"If we've learned anything from the market meltdown of 2008, it's that diversification is more important than ever," Cramer told viewers. He outlined 10 steps investors should take to achieve a truly diversified portfolio. Cramer said investors need to always treat their portfolios as two separate streams, a conservative stream for retirement, and a second for their discretionary portfolios. He said each stream should contain at least five stocks, but no more than 10. Investors should be prepared, he said, to devote at least one hour a week of homework to each stock in their portfolio.
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