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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- You better believe you'll make some mistakes in the market, Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday as he kicked off his yearly "Day of Atonement" show to review his biggest mistakes over the past year.
Cramer said investors need to learn from their mistakes, which begins by first acknowledging what they were.There were a lot of things going wrong with the markets this year, Cramer noted. Everything from turmoil in Europe to a slowing China to Washington gridlock and a Federal Reserve that couldn't seem to do anything right to jump-start the U.S. economy. Yet, despite these many negatives, the stock market never quit, which is why Cramer continued all year long to recommend a diversified portfolio of high-yielding dividend stocks with a little gold for good measure. In the end, Cramer sees the glass as half-full. Europe, he said, will eventually fix its problems and China's economy will eventually regain its momentum. With the Fed keeping bond rates low, dividend stocks remain the only game in town, which is why Cramer said he comes to work every morning.