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Welcome to the 50 Best Stocks!

On this website you will find the complete texts of The 50 Best Science & Technology Stocks for Canadians: 2002 Edition and 2003 Edition.  You'll also find our work in progress creating a new 50 Best list of stocks on both the Toronto and NASDAQ stock exchanges. Click on US Stocks and Canadian Stocks in the menu for those lists.  You'll also find a variety of information and links to 50 Best Stock lists on other websites.

Be sure to check out our Methodology section for several articles on the way I select my stock picks. And check out US for Qaurter and CDN for Qaurter for lists of the 50 best performing NASDAQ and TSX stocks each quarter.
 

 

 

 

Ten years ago I had the honour of writing a book called The 50 Best Science & Technology Stocks for Canadians. That was the 2002 Edition, written in the Spring of 2001 and published in October of 2001. The book profiled both Canadian and American stocks, so our American readers may find it interesting to review as well. The following year I wrote the 2003 Edition. The books were part of a series, details of which you can find by clicking The Books in the left hand menu.

Both those books will now be made available here in their entirety, along with an update on each stock pick - how it fared in the featured year and how it has fared since. The website is in progress, as it will take a while to get it all transcribed and online.

The last decade has been a topsy turvy one in the markets. 2001 heralded the so-called Tech Wreck, when many a technology stock, especially Internet-related ones, came back down to earth after soaring valuations in the latter half of the 90s and early 2000.  The Toronto Stock Exchange Index peaked at 11,388.82 on Sept. 1, 2000. By October 9, 2002  it had plunged to 5695.33, a 49.99 percent drop in just over two years. A good part of that drop could be attributed to tech giant Nortel Networks which was overweighted in the Index.

The TSX then soared for six years, surpassing its earlier highs to peak at 15,073.13 on June 18, 2008. It only stayed above 15,000 for two days before the market crash of 2008-2009 saw it drop half its value again to bottom out at 7566.94 on March 9, 2009. Since then it has shot back up over 14,000 again.

The NASDAQ, the bellwether of technology stocks, did not fare as well. The TSX benefited from soaring energy and mining stocks for much of the decade. The NASDAQ did not. How did it do? It peaked at 5,048.62 on March 10, 2000. It only stayed above the magic 5000 number before dropping all the way to close at 1,114.11 on October 9, 2002, a drop of  77.93 percent. 

Like the TSX, the NASDAQ then soared for five years to peak at 2,859.12 on Halloween 2007.  It peaked seven and a half months sooner than the TSX and again, plunged deeper than the TSX, bottoming out at 1,268.64 on March 9, 2009 - the exact same date that the TSX bottomed out.  Since then the NASDAQ has done very well indeed, climbing back to over 2,800 again. But it has never surpassed its Dot-Com peak of over 5000.

Stock markets are volatile. The stocks I profile on these pages are suggestions for further investigation and not to be construed as investment advice. You are ultimately responsible for your investments.  

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