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im Cramer is prolific, to put it mildly.

On just about every trading day for the last 10 years, he has given readers his insider's perspective on the forces moving the market, always with the goal of letting the small investor in on the action. He's outrageous, outraged and out in front of the rest of the market.

He hasn't lacked for targets: In the last decade, he's warned readers to exit tech before the bubble popped and advised against believing wrongheaded analysts and pundits. He's shed light on the dirty dealings by mutual funds and avaricious executives and lamented a plodding

Securities and Exchange Commission


When he hasn't been on his soapbox, in his pulpit or in a fight with


anchors, Cramer's been in the confessional, showing investors by example how to face their mistakes. And he's given fresh, professional insight into how to beat your own worst investing and trading enemy, yourself.

This collection takes you from his first-ever column for

through his writings on the latest market issues. Grab your mouse and get scrolling. You'll find Cramer's of-the-moment reactions to market-moving events and inside scoop on running big money, including his fictional dialogues (names changed to protect the not-so-innocent).

It's hard to say what the next 10 years will bring. But one thing's sure: Cramer won't let them go by unremarked upon.

1996: In the Beginning, There Was Cramer

Cramer's first column:

Cramer on Bears in the Press

Followed shortly by his first trip to

TheStreet Recommends



Cramer's Worst Moves in '96

1997: The Asian Contagion, Explaining the Street and Dow 9000

Ever the opportunist, Cramer helped readers see the flip side of a situation that had Wall Street and Main Street running scared:

Cramer on the 'Frightful' Korea Situation

He wasn't too busy to make sure everyone knew the value of this new venture, though:

Why TSC Will Prevail in Biz Journalism Battle

The urge to let the public into the back room finally found expression in Cramer's first full year writing for

, when he started to narrate the life of a trader, his life:

  • Cramer Explains the Basics: What Is a Hedge Fund?
  • Cramer on How to Start Your Own Hedge Fund
  • Cramer Says He's a Trader and an Investor
  • Cramer on the Mystery of the P/E Multiple
  • Cramer Outlines How Index Funds Have Changed the Investing Landscape

Remember when AOL was a big deal?

Cramer on The Wonder of Stocks Like AOL

There was always time to scourge those who had abused the public's trust:

Cramer Muses About Quick & Reilly Deal: Who Knew What and When?

Columns like this gained the trust of readers, who have come to depend on Cramer's honest, no-holds-barred puncturing of meaningless pontificating:

Cramer Analyzes the 1929/1987 Deja Voodoo in the Media

Take another trip in the wayback machine (


did the Dow just close?):

Cramer Still Sees Dow 9000

1998: Hard Times, Long Term Capital Management and Cendant

Long Term Capital Management shocked and then rocked the markets. Our man was there, with an industry insider's view:

  • The Weak Link
  • Three Mile Island in Hedge Fund Land
  • A Reporter's Primer on LTCM
  • The Hunt for a Bottom: Part 1

Who, Clinton, impeached? Cramer was there with not just an evacuation route but a way to make money off what most people saw as a catastrophe:

Discounting the Unthinkable

Firsthand experience with the malfeasance of Cendant's executives still makes for riveting reading (Cramer later testified at the sentencing hearings for those same executives):

  • Cramer on Cendant's Blowup
  • Cramer on the Pain of Cendant
  • Heads Should Roll at Cendant
  • Why Cendant Begs to Be Investigated

Heady times in the late '90s gave rise to sheer puffery, embodied by specious public offerings. Tired of watching slick hucksters get one over on Mom and Pop, Cramer pounded the table to remind readers that

The IPO's Not the End of the Road


Friday, April 3, frozen in amber

The Cramer Diaries, Part I: Early Bird Gets Worm

Cramer wasn't the only one to benefit from his uncanny memory of market history:

Cramer on the Parallels With 1990 via Iraq

1999: Y2K, the B2B League and Get Your Red Hots

A legendary metaphor was born for stocks that were moving so fast, they were going to be overcooked, in the Holland Tunnel Diner:

Too Hot in the Kitchen?

Rotisserie leagues ain't just for football. Back in 2000, all the hedge fund kids -- including Cramer and his hedge fund trader Matt Jacobs -- were playing business-to-business stocks, and there was only one way to keep score:

  • The B2B Draft Hits New Heights
  • B2B, Round 2
  • Cramer's B2B League: The Rosters
  • Message to Matt: Eat My Dust!

Outed on

: the dirty little mutual-fund secret of must-own stocks, in a series of columns inspired by turret talk with hedge fund partner Jeff "Berko" Berkowitz. Meet the stocks that once could only be measured in points-per-hour:

  • The Red Hots Are Candy, but Too Many Make You Sick
  • Cramer's Rewrite of His 'Red Hots Are Candy' Piece
  • Who's Who in the Red Hot Index

2000: Heady Days, Buzz & Batch and a Big Change

A gift for dialogue (and an instinct for self-preservation) made for two of Cramer's most memorable sparring partners, Buzz Gould and Batch Hammer. These fictional hedge fund traders embodied the go-go, smarter-than-thou opponents's

readers faced... or were... and reveled the ugly goings-on that


moved the market:

  • The Trader Goes Truth-Seeking (and Meets 'Buzz' Gould)
  • Batch Hammer at the Helm

Read the still-controversial speech,

The Winners of the New World

, for yourself and see why this became a rallying point -- or rather, a pillory -- for critics once the tech bubble started showing signs of instability soon after.

Yep, he said it:

Take Something Off the Table

After the New Economy dream ended, we needed the bucket of cold water that was

Reality as Told by the Trader

and the sharp goad of our folly, which Cramer was only too happy to flog us and himself with:

10 Internet Myths, Revisited

while he was

Peering Through the Gloom


Bye, bye, Mr. American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee ...

wafted through the air when we revealed

JJC Will Retire From Cramer Berkowitz

. Here's what convinced him it was finally time to call it quits, and how he came to terms with the decision in our pages:

  • The Day Something Snapped
  • A New Year, A New Role for JJC
  • The End of a Trading Career

2001: The Net Bust, Enron and Sept. 11

Cramer took to his new role like a fish to water (

Smarter Money: After Two Weeks at TSC, JJC Is Loving It

) and started evangelizing for his new spiritual home,

The Church of What's Happening in Four Months


But he didn't forget his colleagues in the foxholes up and down Wall Street when they needed

A Bible for Bad Days


had a hard time dealing with decimals

-- or

failed in their fiduciary duties

and needed

a spanking

. And Buzz and Batch were back to

Take the Stand and Reveal the Street's Secrets

. He even spilled some of his own:

Breaking Into the Biz: How to Start Running Money


That's not to say everything was peachy-keen on the Web. He had to explain the business model of a sharply less ebullient Old Economy world order in which a company actually had to make money and

There's No Such Thing as a Free Site

-- lessons not appreciated soon enough by

Industry Standard


There was plenty of other cause for outrage, too:

Enron actually managed to raise the bar for outrage. Big mistake, with Cramer out of the trading turret and ready to aim his Gatling gun at a scandal that epitomized all the worst excess of Wall Street and the devastating effects of that hubris on Main Street.

Sept. 11 left a wounded public fearing for the stability of the nation -- including its financial markets. In the hours after evacuating his cubicle at's

Wall Street office, Cramer did what he could to help, trying to answer the question

What's Gonna Happen? Cramer's Take, for What It's Worth

. And in the rush to stand strong on the market's first trading day, investors still had to make sound trading decisions, prompting Cramer to offer

Patriotic Buying: Five Rules to Follow

on its eve.

The losses ran deeper than the markets:

Remembering Bill Meehan


Wish You'd Known Them


2002: WorldCom, Spitzer and Martha

Enron fallout continued to litter the Street as we struggled to understand. Cramer obliged, explaining how

Making the Numbers, Ignoring the Rules

worked and suggested

Three Little Rules That Could Prevent Another Big Mess

. When Arthur Andersen received the ultimate punishment, Cramer laid out



Fresh scandal sullied the Street as WorldCom went south. As the company tried to keep its chin up, Cramer hammered it with blows that hit home:

Then came Spitzer. The New York Attorney General (plus grad school chum and former Cramer Berkowitz partner -- and now governor-elect of New York) became the scourge of the Street. He flushed out the Stygian stables it had become when the corrupt wanted to make a good time even better for themselves, at the expense of the public. Not that anyone was gloating as Spitzer plunged the knife in (repeatedly) and twisted it:

An extremely opportune sale of ImClone turned out to be remarkably ill-timed after all for the Domestic Doyenne. As another go-go 1990s icon was toppled. Cramer helped readers make sense of the pieces as they fell:

2003: The Exquisite Moment, Good Governance and Mutual Fund Shame

War. Wrenching, horrifying and a reality, for U.S. and its markets. It took all Cramer's experience and heat-of-the-hedge-fund trading acumen to cut through the emotion and keep readers focused on the business at hand, for those whose business it was to make money, no matter what was happening offscreen. A near-photographic memory of

the trading opportunities

that emerged in 1990 after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait helped Cramer tell readers to pull the trigger:

The Exquisite Moment Is Upon Us

. That kind of guidance left him and them

Happily Long on Saddam Capture News

, too.

You mean, we weren't done with the scandals?

Somehow Cramer still had invective to spare for the larger issues that turned out to be in play:

He even had the energy to illuminate the less salacious aspects of the market, like

Running Option Plays


playing cyclicals


2004: Vioxx, BERQY and Google

Linguistic fireworks have always been a Cramer specialty, and in 2004 he added two memorable entries to the annals of Cramerisms with


and its later iteration,




got off to a rocky start

but soon captured a title in the market's prizefight:

Google: New Winner of the New World

. And a love affair between the market and its new darling



But there were pharma thorns in the market's bed of roses, and Cramer was careful to help readers keep from getting pricked -- or their hearts broken, literally:

The year couldn't end without one last gasp of an aging scandal:

Fannie Mae Execs Should've Fessed Up

. However, things were looking up. Speaking of scandals, Martha was back and

looking better than ever

(along with her stock) and the

Election Ushered in New Bull Market


2005: London Attacks, Hurricane Katrina and Good Riddance to Greenspan

Panic struck the market again when several bombs went off around London in July. But this time, it was different; the market had learned painful trading lessons four years before and was

On the Trading Defensive

. Readers and traders coped surprisingly well,

Riding High Off the Post-Panic Panic


Tragedy struck again when Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed plunged a whole region and several industries into chaos. Even in the death and devastation, there was opportunity. Cramer told us how to

Bet Against the 'Cane Consensus

and avoid some tricky pitfalls by

Seeing Through the Silver Lining


Cramer waved goodbye with the market to longtime Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, though perhaps

with more glee

than others in the markets, and offered a what seemed by comparison a warm welcome to his successor:

Wait to Panic About Bernanke


Did you get your

Under Armour

? Cramer showed a legion of small investors how to get theirs, explaining

IPOs Are for Public, Not Just Flippers

. He warned that you

Can't Bet Against Sirius' Karmazin

and that

Drillers Could Be Killer in '06


2006: Options Backdating, Vonage and ...?

Ah, spring, when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ... rotten IPO deals and industry-sweeping options backdating practices.

Among the baby bunnies and chicks, we found

Vonage the Dog

. Somehow, the SEC had to have it pointed out that something was hugely unfair here. Cramer didn't disappoint:

SEC Should Hang Up on Vonage Deal


Sometimes it's hard to tell what a scandal will morph into. Even Cramer has had to adjust his takeaway from the options backdating brouhaha, going from a

"sell the news"

view to thinking this might have been a massive

buying opportunity

in wolf's clothing.

It's too early to say what we'll remember most about 2006, but some prime candidates are the

myriad takeovers


"commodified" stocks


Google's inexorable rise


Editor's note: Think we missed one? Don't see your favorite column here? Let us know what you think. And as always, thanks for reading.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in stocks mentioned.

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