The $500 Fortune, Part 2

Yesterday, I listed some stocks that, had you invested $500 in them years back and held, would have increased your wealth exponentially.  Of course, I was then asked, “What stocks can I do that with today?”  Here is a list of five that I like:

  1. Tencent: In case you didn’t know this, China is the most populous country in the world.  They will soon have a middle class that consists of 500 million people.  It makes a great deal of sense to have some exposure to China in your investment portfolio, and one of the best ways – if not THE best way – is thru owning shares of the largest video gaming company in the world!  Tencent is already a big company, worth half a trillion dollars.  I think that it has the possibility to one day be worth multiple trillions of dollars.  I firmly believe that this company can make you rich!
  2. The Trade Desk is a small digital advertising company with a market value of $1.4 billion.  Trade Desk uses artificial intelligence (AI) to aggregate and analyze data from different websites in order to help companies improve their marketing.
  3. Match: My selection of Match.com may surprise some people…however, did you know that Match owns Tinder, OKCupid, and Plentyoffish?  Tinder is the third highest grossing app in Apple’s App Store, behind Pandora and Netflix.  The truth of the matter is online dating has been a huge trend and will continue in the future.
  4. Activision Blizzard: It may be hard for non-gamers to believe this, but the gaming industry is HUMONGOUS.  One of the major players is Activision Blizzard.  Although the company has been one of the best investments over the last 20 years, the next 20 years look absolutely just as bright!  Esports, which are organized video game tournaments, are on track to be an absolutely colossal moneymaker for Activision Blizzard.
  5. Roku is a small company with a market value of under a billion dollars.  Roku is the fastest growing streaming platform in the United States.  Streaming video on demand is obviously the direction the world is moving toward, as evidenced by the phenomenal success of Netflix.  Roku has the platform that could eventually make it the dominant streaming video company.

If you’re just getting started or you’re looking to add to your portfolio, these five companies are ones you may want to watch!

If you haven’t checked out my ebook yet, head over to Amazon.  And please, please, share your thoughts and questions in the comments!

 

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page.  (Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)

 

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The $500 Fortune, Part 1

Here is a list of stocks.  For each stock, I have indicated what $500 invested in a given year would be worth today:

 

Apple: $500 invested in 1980 would be worth $216,289.21 today

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Adobe: $500 invested in 1980 would be worth $436,719.38 today

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Disney: $500 invested in 1962 would be worth $353,557.05 today

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Celgene: $500 invested in 1995 would be worth $235,493.90 today

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Monster Energy Drinks: $500 invested in 1995 would be worth $1,213,824 today

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Green Mountain Coffee: $500 invested in 1995 would have been worth $236,334 at the time the company was taken private in 2016.  You would have received $236,334 back from that initial investment of $500.

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Walmart: $500 invested in 1972 would be worth $1,135,937 today

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Amazon: $500 invested in 1997 would be worth $416,238 today

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Starbucks: $500 invested in 1992 would be worth $92,753 today

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Nike: $500 invested in 1980 would be worth $551,830 today

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What is important to know here – and I talk about this in my e-book – is that PERFORMANCE and TIME are the two most important factors in these examples of growth – not the specific amount invested.  Let me give you an example:

In 1981, you could have invested $10,000 in IBM and had you held onto it, it would be worth $174,101 today.  Not bad, right?  HOWEVER………….

Had you invested only $500 in Home Depot that same year, it would be worth $4,470,385 today!!

In my next post, I will list some stocks that are poised to perform in a similar way over the next 20 years.  Stay tuned!!

 

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page.  (Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)