There were 12 stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 that turned a $10,000 investment at the start of 2014 into $207,063 by the end of the year, if bought each and individually at the right times.
That's an astounding 1,971 percent gain. How was this even possible? Investors simply had to buy the best stock of each month for 12 straight months.
Investors know just how difficult it is to pick stocks. Just ask the investors who chose wrong last year and lost 95 percent of their money as a result.
But wow, it's fun to think about how lucrative it would have been if you could have picked the right stocks again and again and again.
Gains like these forever urge stock pickers to keep picking stocks, despite the odds being stacked against them.
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