If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.
With Enron, you would have $16.50 left of the original grand.
With WorldCom, less than $5.00.
Delta Air Lines...$49.00.
BUT, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling, you would have made $214.00.
So, based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.