Birthday Bonanza, Part 8 – Summing It All Up!

Good evening, all.

This is the final post in my series outlining how investing $1,000 can set your child up for life.

If you missed any part of this series, or just want to go over it from the beginning, click here.  All the posts are listed from the bottom up.

This last post is meant to serve as an inspiration to you.  It’s a list of real-life investments that your parents could have made that turned your birthday into a true bonanza.

Find the year that you were born, and take a look.  Where would you be today had your parents invested $1000 in the listed stock?

Best Birthday Bonanza Stocks Over the Last 50 Years

Birth Year Stock Initial Investment Total Value, July 2018
1968 Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) $1000 $1,250,000
1969 Town Centre Securities (LON: TOWN) $1000 $1,100,000
1970 Walmart (NYSE: WMT) $1000 $11,000,000
1971 Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) $1000 $1,000,000
1972 Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) $1000 $3,000,000
1973 Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) $1000 $700,000
1974 Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) $1000 $4,500,000
1975 TD Bank (NYSE: TD) $1000 $400,000
1976 Boeing (NYSE: BA) $1000 $1,300,000
1977 Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) $1000 $5,000,000
1978 Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) $1000 $200,000
1979 Eaton Vance (NYSE: EV) $1000 $200,000
1980 Kellogg (NYSE: K) $1000 $95,600
1981 Home Depot (NYSE: HD) $1000 $8,377,680
1982 Bemis (NYSE: BMS) $1000 $2,000,000
1983 M & T Bank (NYSE: MTB) $1000 $3,100,000
1984 United Healthcare (NYSE: UNH) $1000 $2,153,536
1985 McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) $1000 $108,000
1986 Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) $1000 $1,316,158
1987 Nike (NYSE: NKE) $1000 $1,529,800
1988 Dell Computer (NYSE: DVMT) $1000 $157,000
1989 Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) $1000 $31,481
1990 Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) $1000 $440,000
1991 Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) $1000 $125,300
1992 Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) $1000 $950,000
1993 Infosys (NYSE: INFY) $1000 $1,600,000
1994 Capita (LON: CPI) $1000 $50,000
1995 Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) $1000 $435,018
1996 Yahoo (NASDAQ: AABA) $1000 $60,000
1997 Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) $1000 $550,000
1998 eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) $1000 $180,000
1999 Keurig Green Mountain (no longer publicly traded) $1000 $500,000
2000 Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) $1000 $103,700
2001 Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) $1000 $46,140
2002 Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) $1000 $22,000
2003 Marvel Entertainment (acquired by Disney, no longer publicly traded) $1000 18,926
2004 Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG; formerly Priceline, NASDAQ: PCLN) $1000 $79,787
2005 Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) $1000 $31,260
2006 Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) $1000 $89,400
2007 Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) $1000 $8,000
2008 Panera Bread (no longer publicly traded) $1000 $9,000
2009 Pharmacyclics (no longer publicly traded) $1000 $172,000
2010 Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) $1000 $43,837

You can do this for your child.

Study this series.  Read my guide, The Stock Market is For Everyone.  You can also reach out to me for assistance.

However you do it – please do it.

Financial freedom is the ultimate gift.

 

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