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2008 in review

Its instructive to go back and review what was written in one’s blog over the past year. Theblogger is bound to find some good posts, some not-so-good posts and a few that leave them wondering Did I write that? Here are a few highlights from Investing Ideas good and not-so-good categories:
March 5: Stay bullish on government bonds (update to 2007 post, The Sanctuary of Government Bonds)
April 10: More shoes to drop in the financial crisis
May 21: Buy put options on iShares CDN S&P/TSX 60 ETF to hedge against market decline.
June 12: Short oil prices by buying the double-short Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Oil Bear Plus ETF.
Not so good:
Jan 21: Buy the iShares Canadian REIT Sector Index ETF at 7.2% yield; its now around 11%.
May 20: Buy iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index ETF; now down 50%.
Sept. 30: Sell the Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Oil Bear Plus ETF (see June 12 post above); sale netted a 50% gain but if it had been held a couple more months, the gain would have been close to 500%.