If you had bought 1,000 dollars worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.
If you had bought 1,000 dollars worth of Enron stock, you would now have $16.50 of the original $1,000.
With Worldcom, you would have less than $5.00 left.
If you had bought 1,000 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the 10-cent deposit, you would have $214.00.
Drink heavily and recycle.