Too many investors are missing out on the opportunities this market is giving them, Cramer said Thursday, because they fear the rally is unsustainable. Why? Because it's been induced by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his plan to buy $600 billion more in bonds to prop up the US economy.
Cramer said many think the gains are "ill-gotten" because, like with other Fed-induced rallies, they'll have to be taken away eventually. In other words, many believe the Fed's cooking up a "horrible recipe for the next bubble."
But Cramer doesn't care. We're investing to make money, he argued, not make predictions about the economy.
"If you can buy stocks that rally, like they did today, because of this Bernanke plan, you can also sell those stocks after they'verallied," Cramer said. "In the time the negativists have taken to argue that Uncle Ben's plan has to fail eventually, they could have already made money relatively instantly."
In the mid-1980s, stocks were quickly climbing in Japan. Cramer said he would buy shares of Tokyo Electron at $50, for example, and sell it the next day at $52. Day after day, he did the same thing with various companies and claims to have made "fortunes" at his hedge fund.
When the Nikkei got to 37,000, Cramer said he decided he'd had enough. After he walked away, it went up another 2,000 points, but he'd already made his money.
Cramer never thought about whether he was playing a bubble. Instead, he saw an opportunity to make money, wasn't greedy and knew when to ring the register. He thinks there's a similar opportunity in the market now.
"If you've got a chance to make some money in the market," Cramer said. "Take it."
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