5 Biggest Gains in Shortest Time Period

UTC by Andy Watson · 3 min read
5 Biggest Gains in Shortest Time Period
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Although the S&P500 index has always been considered a conservative instrument for investors, its exceptional growth is paying off awesomely.

2021 has been a spectacular year for most markets, showing that opportunities are always around the corner for those who are patient enough to be at the right place in the right time. In this article, the CedarFX team reviewed 5 of the biggest gains in multiple markets in the shortest time period.

S&P 500

The Standard & Poor 500 (S&P 500) is an index that aggregates companies publicly traded in the U.S and most representative of its economy. The S&P 500 includes Apple, Amazon, Walmart, Coca-Cola, AT&T and other industry leaders. During 2021 it grew 25% YTD, breaking several All-Time Highs. This performance is the continuation of an upward trend initiated 5 years ago and shot up to a whopping 105,74% growth since then.

Although the S&P 500 index has always been considered a conservative instrument for investors, its exceptional growth is paying off awesomely.


It is impossible to talk about growth without mentioning cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin (BTC) is the oldest and most capitalized cryptocurrency to date, growing from 0 to over $50k in a matter of a decade. On average, Bitcoin had a return of 900% in the first 4 years of investment, rewarding the hodlers who can stand the extreme volatility of the asset.

During 2021, Bitcoin found increasing acceptance amongst institutions and has been declared as a legal tender by the state of El Salvador, in South America. Will Bitcoin growth continue in the coming years?


Since the global pandemic became apparent, pharmaceutical companies had an opportunity for increasing their share’s value. Being amongst the companies which developed a vaccine for treating COVID-19, Pfizer shares soared immensely since then. In March 2020 Pfizer shares plunged to $28 while today they are trading at $55, almost doubling their value.

However, this doesn’t seem the top because Pfizer is pushing innovation and is set to launch a pill for treating Covid-19. As Covid’s disappearance seems distant and Pfizer products will still be needed, this stock can still play a positive part in an investor’s portfolio.

Tesla (TSLA)

Tesla is leading the revolution toward sustainable mobility in the automotive sector. During 2021 Tesla broke the $1T market capitalization, joining the Olympus of companies that achieved such a milestone. Tesla’s stocks grew massively thanks to its environmentally friendly policy, scoring +47,53% in the last 12 months and an astounding +2230% in the last 3 years, moving from an average of $40 in 2019 to over $900 in 2021.

The expertise accumulated by Tesla along with the shift in climate policies, makes TSLA a must-have in any portfolio.


Bitcoin has been the beginning of a revolution that created an industry that today account for over $2T. However, this might be just the beginning. The cryptocurrencies industry is giving birth to many projects that can revolutionize the financial industry as much as the internet revolutionized the media industry. One of such projects is Solana (SOL). Solana had one of the most impressive growth-rates in the history of cryptocurrencies, moving from $1.60 to $216 per unit this year. It currently trades at $158, a growth of 32605% since its launch in March 2020.

Although Solana had incredible growth in such a short span of time, the cryptocurrencies industry is not new to this type of rocketing project, which explains the migration of speculative traders toward this industry.

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