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Best long-term performing stocks

So your son or daughter just got accepted to university and you may now have the challenges of paying for at least four years of their education. If you’d opened an RESP with $1,000 at the end of 1990 and purchased a single stock, there are a few companies that returned enough profit to finance your child’s education.
We looked at all 3,708 companies listed on the TSX, NASDAQ and S&P 500 indexes at the end of May 2008. Of these, Bloomberg established that 719 companies were around at the end of 1990 when the initial investment was made. A total of 40 companies (5.6%) gained enough to turn your $1,000 original investment into more than $50,000 from the end of 1990 to May 31, 2008. Four companies reached the $200,000 level, enough to finance more degrees than a thermometer.
The following table lists companies, their index and industry and the value of your 1990 $1,000 investment at the end of May 2008. As you will see, nine of the top 40 companies were Canadian. Sino Forest came in as number one and Canadian Natural Resources to the number four spot. Of the total, only 68 companies actually lost money and 88 lost money after inflation is taken into effect. The TSX, DOW, S&P and NASDAQ exchanges returned $6,073, $7,129, $6,033 and $7,208 for your initial $1,000 respectively.