As "Mad Money" viewers know, Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere and he wants to help you find it. Cramer's fiery opinions are unmatched and now, homegamers can get a behind-the-scenes look at how he formulates his investment advice.
"Inside the Madness" is a new column, which features e-mails and more with Cramer and me, his researcher Nicole Urken. This is my very first blog post in the series. Going forward, look for it Tuesdays and Thursdays on madmoney.cnbc.com.
There are two pieces of market wisdom Jim imparted to me soon after I became his researcher in July 2009: (1) When it comes to investing, it is key never to forget the basics; and (2) Investing is not a science—it’s an art.
At best, I had only a hazy idea of what he meant. Could I just nod my head and feign understanding of the Cramerican logic? Take every passing booyah in stride? No. There's been no shortcut. The path to clarity has instead been paved with emails back & forth with Jim. Lots of them. With research memos attached. And the daily epistolary journey generally starts at 4:15am when Jim wakes up to check the Asian markets and catch the European openings. So not quite a walk in the park.