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What the Best Stocks of the Past 30 Years All Have in Common

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When looking at the long history of the stock market over the past few decades, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there have been many ups and downs over the years.

Yet, through all the volatility, some companies have actually been able to ride out the storms and make their way towards success.

Today, I want to share some of these company’s success stories with you.

But more importantly, I want to talk to you about a simple investment strategy that has the power to leave you counting your profits and wondering why you didn’t think of it long ago.

 Top Performers

While collecting data for today’s article, I came across some information that I thought you might find valuable when preparing your next investment strategy.

Take a look at this list of the top-performing stocks in the S&P 500 from January 1992 to December 2021, according to analyst Charlie Bilello

Source: Twitter @CharlieBilello

This list compiles the best-performing stocks of the last 30 years.

Needless to say, a well-timed buy in any one of them would be enough to retire rich.

Many of the names listed above will not surprise you – Apple (APPL), Nvidia (NVDA), Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), etc.

But, despite the regular “big player” names included, there are some that are much more surprising…

Ross Stores, Inc.

Despite its awesome name, Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST) is the last stock I would have ever bet on, as just walking into one of their locations gives me anxiety.

But just look at number 26 above, and you’ll see even they made it onto the list!

For the period covered, this stock has seen an annualized return of 20.8%.

And from their IPO, they have seen the share price grow from $0.55 to the recent all-time high of $130.50 in May of last year.

I mean, how many shirt & ties in a bag do you have to sell to return 28,916%?

Today, the price sits around $105.00.

Though this stock is down from its highs, and despite a bit of recent volatility, there looks to be no end in sight for this ticker in the weeks and months ahead.

Pool Corp.

What about number three on the list, Pool Corp. (POOL)?

Now, this stock is anything but exciting, and yet there they are at the top of the list!

We have a company whose lifespan reaches just about as far back as this list does, and it has seen incredible growth.

The POOL IPO back in 1995 was offered at $0.99. Today, this stock is hovering around $514.00 and has an annualized return of around 29.2%!

On top of all that success, this ticker looks to be heading even further up the ladder of success in the near future.

A Few More Surprises…

A few rungs down the ladder, you’ll find Johnson Controls International PLC (JCI) and O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY).

I mean one of these is an engineering firm, and the other sells auto parts for goodness’s sake!

These certainly aren’t the high-growth tech sectors I think of when picturing gains of over 30,000% and, yet, the proof is right here in front of us.

So, What’s the Lesson?

It’s actually fairly simple…

Take a look at the list above again and tell me what most of them have in common.

Figure it out yet?

Many of the best-performing stocks listed above belong to stores you visit frequently as well as products and services you use often.

Therefore, the strategy is as simple as it gets.

If you’re looking for the next big super performer, you need look no further than your bank register.

Ask yourself where your money goes, and then follow that clue to an investment opportunity.

Just think of it, a timely realization that you and everyone you know spends $20.00 a week on lattes could have minted you a fortune in Starbucks (SBUX) stock!

Where does your money go?

Embrace the surge,

Ross Givens

Editor, Stock Surge Daily

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