5 Stocks to Own for Decades

Companies that can achieve spectacular business success are innovators with big ideas and mammoth potential markets.

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In 2008, two investment managers crunched more than 20 years of market data and produced findings that can only be called shocking.

Eric Crittenden and Cole Wilcox found that most stocks did significantly worse than the overall market averages over time, and an unexpectedly large number fell dramatically. These losses were offset by a few stocks that rose spectacularly.

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James K. Glassman
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.