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Winning Stocks: Rarer Than You Might Think

Can you pick winning stocks? Yes. Many have done it. 

But winning stocks may be rarer than some think, especially over long periods of time.

In this video, Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Morgan Housel share some data showing the returns of 3,000 stocks over a 28-year period. There were plenty of winners -- but a whole lot of utter losers, too. Have a look:

The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for the next year. Find out which stock it is in the brand-new free report: "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2013." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company.

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  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2013, at 2:23 PM, juriszauls wrote:

    Great advice! What about a company like $AAPL that looked great on paper 2 years ago, but is a nightmare right now? It has a -30% drop from highs and -18% YTD. All the money in the world to buy-back or issue a dividend, yet sits on its hands while major investors like Fidelity are unwinding. The CEO retained only 10,000 shares of stock in the company and sold huge amounts off, so I guess the old adage watch the insiders actions holds true here. But what else could we have been watching to protect ourselves from investor hostile companies?

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