My biggest winner on paper was Washington Mutual. It was a 35 bagger over my initial purchase price circa 1982.Unfortunately, in 2008 it was a spectacular failure, and wound up being my all time biggest LOSER by the time I sold it!Still, I didn't refuse to sell it because of taxes.CEO Killinger led Washington Mutual to spectacular success during the S&L bailout of the late 1980s, and I was expecting him to do that again when the weak banks failed again.Unfortunately, despite his experience with failing banks during the S&L bailouts, Killinger let Washington Mutual fail due to bad loan underwriting.I still haven't heard a good explanation for why someone who did a terrific job managing the bank for decades, and who profited from the failures of so many other banks let his own bank fail like that in the end.Seattle Pioneer
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