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Our Best Calls of 2008

There were some bright spots in a dismal year.

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By all accounts, 2008 was a dismal year for most investors. We made our share of mistakes last year, several of which we highlighted in this article. We also learned a lot of lessons that will improve our analysis going forward. Of course, the market has offered opportunities to learn these lessons many times in the past, but it often takes a crisis to bring them clearly into focus. And investors--no matter how experienced--often forget to be prepared for the worst even when things are going well.

Although we certainly should have done better with some parts of our coverage universe, 2008 wasn't all bad. In fact, our aggregate performance in 2008 was slightly ahead of the market, as we reported in our recent performance update. We did particularly well with our 1-star calls, which on average fell 67% versus a 37% decline for the S&P 500.

Matthew Coffina does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

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