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NEW YORK (
) -- "A healthy dose of skepticism makes sense, but not pessimism," were Jim Cramer's words to the viewers of his
TV show Monday.
He said it's become clearer than ever that after two years of horrific events, it's time to move beyond the pessimism.
Cramer said it's understandable how the markets have become so negative after the last two years. He said the negativity began with the real estate collapse in 2008 that was quickly followed by the failure of Bear Sterns. Towards the end of the year, the crisis expanded to Lehman Brothers before the entire financial system came to a halt.
In 2009, things did not get much better, said Cramer, as Bernie Madoff took center stage, followed by bank failures, General Motors' financial crisis and finally double-digit unemployment.
Then in 2010, when things were beginning to look up, Europe's troubles took over, accented by the investigation of
, the "flash crash," and of course, the
Cramer said with this long list of negatives, investors might think the markets were hopeless during this period, but they'd be wrong. He said stocks like
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS
, along with
and others all flourished.
Cramer reiterated that a diversified portfolio of high-yielding dividend stocks is the best way to play times of crises. But now that these events have all been resolved for the better, it's time to begin the next chapter.