Last week, I told you about a simple strategy that's never lost .
In case you missed it, I argued that the longer you hold an, the better your chances of making a . The S&P 500 has never had a losing 20- span, going all the way back to the 1950s.
The key is finding a handful of companies that enjoy huge (and lasting) advantages over the competition... companies that pay their investors each and everyby dishing out fat dividends... and companies buying back massive amounts of their own .
But if you want to see the best reason why "Forever" market make you , pay attention to the table below...is the smartest way to let the
I recently ran a simplescreen on my research team's Bloomberg terminal. I asked this piece of research software to show me all the in the United States that have returned more than 500% in the past . And to weed out the fly-by-night micro-cap , I had it return only with a above $250 million. You can see the results for yourself.
It's just 15out of more than 3,000 traded on U.S. exchanges. That's the definition of trying to find a needle in a haystack.
In other words, out of thousands of money on., you probably don't have a remote chance of finding a that returns over 500% in one -- much less one that you'd want to risk a good portion of your hard-earned
But there is still a way to more realistically earn returns of 500%, 1,000% or more on your money. And it's much less risky and easier than you would ever think possible.
With this in mind, I ran the exact same screen... only I changed the time period to the past 10. The results are like night and day.
Over the last 10 years, 280 dividend.returned more than 500%... More than 18 times as many as the past . It's also worth mentioning that many of these are established companies -- more than half paid a
That's because the market's greatest-- not the extremely risky plays that skyrocket and crash seemingly overnight -- take years to reach their full potential.
They won't do it in one compound their in and out.... or even two or three years. But in the meantime, investors who hold these are able to steadily
Take a well-known case -- Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). Apple has been one of the market's best performers for years.
Even in the's best one- period, investors made 202%.
I wouldn't sneeze at a 202%, but anyone who bought for a ... or an even shorter time... sold themselves short.
You can see from my chart that Apple wasn't done after six months or a...
Sure, Apple has pulled back recently, but those who held forever are still up big time.
Since 2003, Apple has gained over 6,000%, including dividends. That's an average annualof 49% and enough to turn every $100 invested into $12,000.
Now you can see why buying the rightand holding forever is the best way I've found to earn four-digit .
Investing for a short period in alike Apple is like ordering a 7-course meal and only sticking around for the appetizer. Sure you get a taste... but wouldn't you rather have the whole meal?
And yet, as I told you last week, the averagefor a is now down to just seven months.
I think that's a mistake. I'm not saying you should investment for decades. But what I've discovered -- and wish I had realized sooner -- is that it's the few you simply forever that make the biggest difference to your long-term .every
It's one of the reasons my Top 10staff and I started researching the best we think investors can hold forever.
What we found was that many of the Warren Buffett, George Soros, and John Kerry.we tagged as "Forever" ideas were already owned by many of the world's richest investors, politicians, and businessmen -- including
It's also no surprise that eight out of 10 of these "Forever"pay a dividend -- with yields from 3.8% to 6% or higher. Readers who have followed me for a long time know that I rarely invest in that don't pay a dividend.