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Old 08-07-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Need Stock that Did Extremely Well between 1979 and 2001

In a book I'm writing, a man hides some stock certificates and other valuables and then travels forward in time from 1979 to about 2012.

I want one of the stocks to do incredibly well.

Can anyone name a stock that would fit the bill?

Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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Apple went public in 1980....might be able to get on some sort of pre-public offering. (?) They did kinda well.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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You can go to buyupside.com and run their backrest on stocks. My gut would be coca cola, McDonalds, P&G, Exxon, etc. Apple is a really good one of you want the crazy hockey stick at the end . But you'd need a strong stomach to have held it in the late 80s and 90s so that might be good or bad depending on the story I guess

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Old 08-07-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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Marlboro / Altria
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:52 PM   #5
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Maybe Intel or Berkshire

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Old 08-07-2015, 07:59 PM   #6
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In this 2012 article there is a list of best performers from 1982-2012. Topping the list was Home Depot. Apple was 11th. Best Stocks In The Past 30 Years | Retirement Investments — MyPlanIQ

Note: Home Depot didn't go public until 1981, so it may not be a good fit for the book.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:12 PM   #7
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$5000 worth of Walmart in 1980 would be worth $26 million today.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:59 PM   #8
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In a bout of excessive planning a while ago I bought a db of historical stock returns. I've cobbled something together that will spit out stock returns between arbitrary dates.
Your topic and your message don't match, though. Do you want returns from 1979 to 2001, or 1979 to 2012?
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #9
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seems obvious choice is Berkshire Hathaway, here is his letter describing holding at end of 1979

Chairman's Letter - 1979
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seems obvious choice is Berkshire Hathaway, here is his letter describing holding at end of 1979

Chairman's Letter - 1979
Wow, that quote suprises me as I always thought Warren was anti gold:

"One friendly but sharp-eyed commentator on Berkshire has pointed out that our book value at the end of 1964 would have bought about one-half ounce of gold and, fifteen years later, after we have plowed back all earnings along with much blood, sweat and tears, the book value produced will buy about the same half ounce."
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Nike? Kind of a cool story line. Is your guy a runner? He liked these shoes he tried, bought the stock. Made a mint.
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Nike did not go public until 1980
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Nike did not go public until 1980
You're right. 1980 was the year. So instead the guy was an early investor into Blue Ribbon Sports because he likes the "waffle" shoes this company was making. It goes public in 1980 and he makes a butt load.

Worked for me! U of O class of 1980. Wasn't a pre ipo investor but I bought Blue Ribbon Sports in late 1980 after I got my first job out of college and I've done pretty good with it.

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ahhh.... actually in high school I had the pleasure of getting destroyed in races against Rudy Chappa who went on to be a VP for Nike
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just wish I would have kept my original waffle trainers from the 70's. Be worth about as much as my baseball card collection that my mom threw out!
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ahhh.... actually in high school I had the pleasure of getting destroyed in races against Rudy Chappa who went on to be a VP for Nike
Rudy and Alberto same freshman class as me. Got to know them both through a mutual friend who was on women's cross country team.
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One year ahead of Steve Scott owned him in XC, of course he smoked me in a 880 the only time i raced him on the track, he was a 440/880 in high school. He didn't move up to the mile til college.
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That is the one that popped in my mind that includes spin-off of Kraft and PM. Plus incredible amount of dividends from all 3 companies over those years.
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seems obvious choice is Berkshire Hathaway, here is his letter describing holding at end of 1979

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Yup that would be my first choice. The stock was trading about $300 share so you'd have 700x increase. The stockholder meeting in 1979 had 20 attendees.
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seems obvious choice is Berkshire Hathaway, here is his letter describing holding at end of 1979

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+2

It's up around 900x since then. The key is no dividends. A year later and Apple IPO'd, not a bad run either.
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