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Top Posts of 2008:

As I browse over the posts from 2008 on TMWTFS I’m very pleased with the high quality content that was published on investing, individual stocks and the markets over the past year.

While many of us look forward into 2009 here are some of the top posts recognized by popular readership, highest traffic and most comments.

Never being afraid of some controversy I took a critical view of Derek Foster’s books that target new investors with “little or no investing knowledge” in The Foster Effect

The Art of Discipline was featured in a BusinessWeek article and spoke to my belief that discipline is an important aspect of any individual investors’ long-term strategy.

Cashflow is King provided useful insights into why cashflow is an important factor to examine when analyzing a company and what cash is used for by businesses to pay their bills.

I take another critical view of a term often used in the media and by investors in Recession Proof – Searching for Evidence.

Like the critical approach? The Ultimate Value Trap lays out my case for why General Motors (GM) is a business with a sustainable competitive disadvantage.

In August under the encouragement of a number of readers I went through a detailed four part series of exactly how I conduct a fundamental stock analysis with Taking Stock in IGM.

I decided to start a new series of posts titled Confessions of a Value Investor centered on lessons I’ve learn from various investing dilemmas or mistakes. See Part I & Part II

I created 15 Simple Solutions for investors to concentrate on in the New Investor Index

During the precipitous market declines in October I offered ten elements of My Short-term Plan (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX & X)

I had some fun and shared a confession of mine with readers about a chronic addiction: being Addicted to Dividends. Then I subsequently launched the site Dividends Anonymous

Since I knew the moneygardener was likely to do all his Christmas shopping again this year in one location I helped readers understand the investing prospects of Costco with Taking Stock in COST

I provided an in depth look for readers into my Canadian Dividend Growth portfolio with Inside My Dividend Dream

The most successful post for the year by far was the concentrated analysis of Manulife Financial I published titled Taking Stock in MFC.

I’ll also include a glimpse into the feedback I’ve received from readers on topics for 2009:

  • Taking Stock in PFE
  • Taking Stock in SAP
  • Creating a Value Mosaic
  • Person Savings Series
  • Canadian Currency Strategy (hedge)
  • The ‘Flations’
  • The Future of Dividend Growth
  • A Theoretical Portfolio (retiree)
  • Restaurant Royalty Trusts
  • The Launch of TCM Inc.


{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Gean Oliveira December 27, 2008, 7:13 pm

    Hi Brad,

    I’d like to thank you for the opportunity I had to learn more about investments reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

  • Nurseb911 December 28, 2008, 12:35 am

    You are welcome Gean. Comments always provide a sense of encouragement and hopefully 2009 will bring more insights to the blog as I begin interacting further with readers on topics of interest to them.

    Happy New Year!

  • MG (moneygardener) December 29, 2008, 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the link and I hope you have a great holiday season!

    FYI – I actually bought a few gifts elsewhere this year but they happened to be gift cards for The Keg and The Beer Store. I still have Costco the bulk of my Christmas business…..why not..they’re the best!

  • Dividend Tree December 29, 2008, 7:12 pm

    Brad: this is a nice summary with brief snippets….


  • Nurseb911 December 30, 2008, 8:42 am

    MG – The beer store? I thought you were a wine guy? Glad to see you still made it to Costco for the majority of your Christmas shopping.

    DT – Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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