An American friend emailed this funny story to me:
To put the Wall Street crash into perspective and in case you wondered about the 'best' option for your future retirement planning—
If you had purchased $1,000 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00
With Enron stock, you would have $16.50.
With WorldCom, you would have less than $5.00 left.
If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock, you have have $44.00 left.
If you had purchased United Airlines, you would have nothing left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for a aluminium recycling refund, you would have $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. This is called the 401-Keg Plan!!