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I've been buying individual securities for about a year (all my registered stuff is indexed, so I only invest with non-registered funds in individual securities).

So far, the best I've been able to manage is 2.5 bagger in the public market - not too bad considering the last year. Sadly it was a small position of around 5K of tck.b - more of a bet than anything. Representing a small percentage of the overall picture, I could resist picking up the cigar butt. I couldn't lose more than 5K, but if returns to even half of it's former glory, then the dividends might soon exceed the purchase price.

I had a bagger in the thousands with the shares of my business and thanks to the exemption was able to take the gain tax free.

What's your bagger record? What was it? Did you think about unloading sooner? Did you plan to keep it forever? Do you still have it? Which one got away from you?
 

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Interesting question: Does it include dividends?

My biggest multi-bagger was Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ). Bought at $14 (split-adjusted) and sold at $40.

Including dividends (and ignoring currency fluctuation) the best returns was probably Altria (old Philip Morris). Purchased at $30 and sold at $78 (bit vague on the precise details now). But, that doesn't include the Kraft Foods spinoff and all the dividends collected for more than 4 years. Probably worked out to better than a 3-bagger.

The one that got away definitely had to be Apple. I was contemplating buying around $7.50, the company had $6.50 in cash (all figures split-adjusted) and was just out with a shiny new toy called the iPod. AAPL is trading at $130 now. I didn't pull the trigger because I decided to pay down the mortgage instead. That's the one that got away.
 

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Interesting question: Does it include dividends?

My biggest multi-bagger was Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ). Bought at $14 (split-adjusted) and sold at $40.

Including dividends (and ignoring currency fluctuation) the best returns was probably Altria (old Philip Morris). Purchased at $30 and sold at $78 (bit vague on the precise details now). But, that doesn't include the Kraft Foods spinoff and all the dividends collected for more than 4 years. Probably worked out to better than a 3-bagger.

The one that got away definitely had to be Apple. I was contemplating buying around $7.50, the company had $6.50 in cash (all figures split-adjusted) and was just out with a shiny new toy called the iPod. AAPL is trading at $130 now. I didn't pull the trigger because I decided to pay down the mortgage instead. That's the one that got away.

Sure, include dividends, though I'm sure someone will argue if you've held for a long enough time line to include them you want want to factor inflation into the equation too.

Wow! Apple at that price would have been almost free!
 

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Just for clarification...:confused: What is the meaning of the term "Bagger"??
a multiple of your initial investment. The term was coined by the great and powerful OZ...err Peter Lynch :D

if your investment doubles then its a 2 bagger
if it triples then its a 3 bagger
quadruples then its a 4 bagger
etc...


I got in ING at 3.50...I guess right now its a 3 bagger.
 
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