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2008 - Present: Five Failings, Five Successes



February 18, 2011 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: SLW , CNI , KEX

2008 - Present


Five Failings:

1) Selling CNI as the market tanked. I should have held and bought more as the price went down.

2) Not buying KEX when I recommended it in Nov '09. 

3) Not buying SLW when it dropped to $3.00 a share. I had no powder left.

4) Not buying RAX in early '09. I thought is sounded too sexy. 

5) Not choosing  "FredGarvinMaleProstitute" as my CAPS name.


Five Successes:

1) Loading up on FRFHF.PK when it was still FFH.

2) Sensing bad stuff was going on with NEP, sold it all before it hit the fan.

3) Same as with #2 for CGA.

4) Buying CSR and CFSG in April '09 and selling both in August '09 for a nice profit. It was not maket timing. I doubt I'll ever have that kind of thing happen again.

5) Joining TMF to discuss investing, politics and recipes. 


7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 18, 2011 at 8:29 PM, dbjella (< 20) wrote:

Hey Chris, did you see the following? 

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#2) On February 18, 2011 at 9:12 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (77.10) wrote:

Hey, FredGarvinMaleProstitute.

I have some of the same regrets but then again too few to mention. ~ Sid Vicious.

I saw your blog on NEP and did some digging, was convinced enough to sell half my position but wish I would have got completely out. The stock may recover I just don't need the headaches. I'm completely out of China. Plenty of American companys that do a lot of buisness over there.

Started following SLW at $11 was'nt able to pull the trigger until $26 so I have a much smaller position then I would like. Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of investing fun. Had to blow my dry powder on stupid stuff like bills. 

Rock On Cato.


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#3) On February 18, 2011 at 11:33 PM, ChrisGraley (28.73) wrote:

Kaiser soze's farkin boat should be added to your successes.

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#4) On February 19, 2011 at 12:03 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

#3) Ha-Ha-Ha! Chris, I had forgotten about that. I'm flattered you did'nt. I hope all is well with you.

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#5) On February 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


I understand about the bills thing. I have not invested any new money since October because I've been helping my wife start her new business. Office rent, a new laptop, software, and all kinds of pricey materials have eaten away at my investing money. But really I'm investing in her. I believe she has what it takes to make it a go. I have two months of dough set aside in case I see a great opportunity. 


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#6) On February 19, 2011 at 2:39 AM, checklist34 (99.06) wrote:

this post is supreme.  if i listed my failures it would take a week.  if i listed my successes it would take a few links to old blogs...

fortunatly we are in a game where if you win 45% of the time, you win fairly big

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#7) On February 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM, ChrisGraley (28.73) wrote:

You don't go through life with blinders on Cato. That makes you much more successful in life than most people.


I'm doing fine. I hope you and your family are as well. 

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