Over the long run, the stock market is the greatest wealth creator on the planet. Since 1980, the benchmark S&P 500 has delivered an average annual total return (i.e., including dividends) of more than 10%. Put another way, the most widely followed index is doubling every seven years over the past four decades.
But stocks don’t typically go up in a straight line. Down years happen, and it’s a normal part of the investing experience. Apple, the largest publicly traded company, finished lower in 2015 and 2018, while highflier Amazon finished in the red in 2011 and 2014.
However, some well-known companies didn’t get that memo. Over the past 12 years (2009-2020), five brand-name stocks have delivered positive total returns every single year, without fail. All of these companies are looking for lucky No. 13 in 2021.