Seeing a Good Deal After It’s a Good Deal

With the market recently being on a tear, it’s easy to look back and wonder what kind of money you would have today if you had bought X stock 10 years ago. It’s simple to realize a good deal after the fact, take Amazon for example. CNBC sites that if you had bought $1,000 worth of Amazon in 2007, 10 years after it first debuted the market, that investment would be worth more than $12,000 today. We see now that Amazon was a major win as Jeff Bezos was recently cited as the richest man in the world with a net worth of $117.7 billion.

Modern tools like trading terminals give brokers as much information as possible when buying and trading stocks. They may not show brokers the future, but they do give as much insight as possible to the future trends of the given stock. Trading terminals have direct market access, multiple order types, risk management features, real-time alerts, and market depth. Unless you get lucky, your next big win is going to be based on information you get via research or a tool like a trading terminal.

According to Moneyish.comyou would have had the following portfolio worth if you had invested X amount of money years ago.

  • If you had invested $1,000 in Tesla back in June 2010, you would now have $17,867.37 (although beware, Tesla is hitting some rough patches)
  • If you had invested $1,000 in Apple back in January 2002, you would now have $6,260.77
  • If you had invested $1,000 Yelp in March of 2012 you would have made $921.40 on top of your initial investment
  • If you had bought $1,000 worth of Google in the summer of 2004, you would have made $8,198.58 on top of your initial investment

CNBC even cites 15 of America’s favorite companies and how much their stocks would be worth is you had invested $1,000 10 years ago. Here are the stocks worth the most compared to 10 years ago in order.

  1. Netflix: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $51,966 now
  2. Amazon: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $12,398 now
  3. Apple:investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $6,228 now
  4. Starbucks: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $4,687 now
  5. Nike: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $3,319 today
  6. Alphabet: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,922 today
  7. Disney: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,824 today
  8. McDonalds: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,793 today
  9. Mylan: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,374 today
  10. Microsoft:investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,260 today
  11. FedEx: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $2,185 today
  12. Wal-Mart: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $1,931 today
  13. Coca-Cola: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $1,489 today
  14. Pfizer: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $1,425 today
  15. GE: investing $1,000 10 years ago would leave you with $490

Of course, this is what we know now. If we had known this 10 years ago, we would’ve all invested in Netflix and taken our money out of GE. Even more of a let down is missing some of the major companies we know now to be wealthy, back in the 80’s. If you were actively trading back then and missed the big guys like M&T Bank, Microsoft, and Apple, you missed out on being a millionaire. Rest assured, you never could’ve known what the consequences were going to be. Just be happy you didn’t buy something like Sun Microsystems and watch it crash during the dot com bubble.

Post Author: Jennifer Slegg

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