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"Use today's big decline to get into the market cheaper," was Jim Cramer's takeaway on his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
He took aim at the bears and the naysayers for keeping investors out of what's proving to be a great bull market.
Cramer said every morning he's confronted with negative news on the markets, reasons why we're supposedly poised for big declines. Yet despite this laundry list of reasons why not to like the market, the market's been heading higher since March.
Sure there are issues with private equity, he said. Sure there are concerns about unemployment and foreclosures and hyperinflation. And yes, there are concerns over North Korea and even over whether
are getting a raw deal, said Cramer.
But despite all of these negatives, stocks like
surged higher yesterday.
Yesterday's rally was based on nothing, said Cramer, but it still happened.
Cramer said his view on the markets remains flexible. He said investors don't need to believe in a rally for one to happen. That's why he hopes they use today's weakness to buy more of the stocks they like.
One on One With Sheila Blair
In an exclusive interview, Cramer welcomed Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, to the show to discuss the current state of the banking industry.
Bair said there is some positive news in the banking world. She said she is seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, and that depositors in FDIC insured banks have nothing to worry about. Although the FDIC does see some $70 billion in losses over the next five years, it has increased fees member banks must pay in order to bolster their reserves, she said.
Bair said the FDIC is looking increasingly to bank board of directors to "do the right thing" and ensure that bank management include the right people for the job and are met with rigorous reviews. "Boards need to do their jobs," she said, "the government shouldn't be doing it for them."
When asked why it's taking so long to close troubled banks, Bair said timing is everything. She said unlike the S&L crisis of the 1980's, many of the banks' losses are already there, so closing quickly is not as advantageous as finding the right buyer at the best price possible.
In the case of the recently failed BankUnited, Bair responded to critics by stating that there were three bidders and a competitive bidding process for that institution.
Finally, when asked about the high rate of bank closures in states like Georgia and Illinois, Bair said those problems stemmed from too many banks being in those states, coupled by high rates of construction and lending problems.
She said the FDIC, as well as other regulators, are rewriting regulations to address some of the lessons learned in those states.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer talked with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
Cramer said this caller should be given his own mutual fund.
The second caller's top holdings included
Cramer said while he's not a fan of GameStop, this portfolio is indeed diversified.
The third caller had
Nordic American Tanker
Packaging Corp of America
as their top five stocks.
Cramer said "this portfolio works for me."
Outrage of the Day
Cramer took aim at the exchanges and regulators who are still allowing the common stock of
to trade. He said that in any other country, shares of a company on the verge of imminent bankruptcy would be cancelled or suspended.
Cramer said GM shares are worthless and are not a play on an eventual turnaround. When the new GM emerges from bankruptcy, he said, it's clear that the government will own 70% of the new entity, with the unions owning the rest.
Cramer said GM shares have made a joke of the market. No one has the guts to cancel them, he said, even though they're clearly not worth the paper they're printed on.
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