The Best Stocks of the Century (So Far)
The year 2015 is a minor milestone. It marks the middle of the second decade of this still rather young century. The date should get you to thinking about what you’re doing with your time and, more importantly, your money. This is the year to take stock—literally.
Kiplinger has posted an excellent article listing the best performing stocks of the 21st century. The names on the list are quite unexpected, as few of them include the more well-known companies. You will not find high-flying tech companies or online super stores. Indeed, you might go so far as to say that the firms on the list deliver rather mundane goods and services.
At the top of the list is a company I never knew existed: Keurig Green Mountain. The article summarizes its achievements:
The company that helps jump-start millions of Americans every morning did the same for the retirement nest eggs of those who bought in. Coffee retailer and brewer Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) has been the biggest winner of the millennium so far, with a stunning annualized return of 50.4% over the past 15 years.
Keurig Green Mountain has a 15-year cumulative total return of 45,714%. If any of this company’s stock is in your portfolio, it is a definite hold. If it isn’t, then you should definitely think of buying it.
Deckers Outdoor is another low profile company that has done extraordinarily well. A $1,000 dollar investment 15 years ago has yielded a value of $104,046 today. The company’s annualized return is 36.3%. This is a company that is on the way up, and you should get buy its stock now while you can still get it at a good price.
The entire list of high performing stocks can be read here. What it shows are companies that have turned simple business concepts into exceptional market successes. All of the companies listed are likely to make further gains in value in the years ahead. Making any of these stocks part of your investment portfolio will improve it immensely.
About Christopher Reid Chris was born in Washington, D.C. and lives in Britain. He works as a blogger, essayist, and novelist. His first book, Tea with Maureen, has just been published.