The secret to Jim Cramer's success is that it's not just about picking good stocks; it's about when you should pick the stocks. The rock star stocks that will party with you all year long.
That is why the "Mad Money" host is always trying to get investors intrigued enough to do the homework. He wants investors to be able to recognize the patterns in context and be able to explain why stocks frequently separate from the company fundamentals.
If you can recognize the patterns, then you won't be faked or fooled when the market becomes insanity.
There are various reasons why the selloff in the beginning of the year occurred, and some of the hypotheses that Cramer heard were just plain ridiculous and not based on fact. So he is weeding through all of the explanations for selling, to separate out all of the ones that smell like a rat.
"It's about how, if you buy panic instead of selling into it, and if you sell euphoria instead of chasing it, you do better. You make money," Cramer added.
In the end, Cramer wants to help investors do better than they would otherwise do alone. Many could have done better if they had heeded his advice during the absurd selloff in the beginning of January, rather than succumb to the market's irrational mood disorder.