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With zombie stocks that aren't going to live but refuse to die, it can be very difficult to determine exactly what year they became worthless. It isn't enough that they are currently worthless, but you need to know the last year that they wern't worthless.
I agree it can be a PITA.

Nowadays I think most of the time you can find out when it became worthless by doing a few internet searches. (At least IIRC it was fairly easy to find that GX had become worthless when it finally had) (I can still find it now fairly easily - "shares were canceled on December 9, 2003..." )
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