What Was the Growth of $10,000 Over the Last 25 Years?
If you invested $10,000 25 years ago into any of the ten best-performing stocks over the last 25 years, your balance today would be over one million dollars.
The best-performing stock in the last 25 years was Monster Beverage (MNST). A $10,000 investment into Monster Beverage 25 years ago would be worth $12.91 million today. Right behind it was Tractor Supply Co (TSCO); investing $10,000 into Tractor Supply Co back in 1998 would’ve turned into $6.6 million, or $7.77 million if dividends were reinvested along the way.
How Would Making Regular Contributions Affect Overall Returns?
Using Apple (AAPL)–the world’s most valuable company and third-best performer over the last 25 years–as an example, contributing $100 each month since September 1998 would’ve equaled a net total contribution of $30,000, and a total return of $4.4 million.
If the monthly contribution was $250 each month ($75,000 total), the net balance after those 25 years would be a little over $11 million today.
Though total returns achieved via monthly contributions over the 25 year time horizon wouldn’t have been as large as an upfront lump-sum investment, tools like Scenarios illustrate the importance of “staying the course” to clients.
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