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Old 04-28-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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Microsoft IPO value today

100 shares @ 21.00 IPO 3/13/1986 = $2,100

Splits:
8/18/1987 2 for 1 100x2 = 200
4/12/1990 2 for 1 200x2 = 400
6/26/1991 3 for 2 400x1.5 = 600
6/12/1992 3 for 2 600x1.5 = 900
5/20/1994 2 for 1 900x2 = 1,800
12/6/1996 2 for 1 1,800x2 = 3,600
2/20/1998 2 for 1 3,600x2 = 7,200
3/26/1999 2 for 1 7,200x2 = 14,400
2/14/2003 2 for 1 14,400x2 = 28,800

Value: $1,437,120 (28,800 x $49.90)
Annual Dividends: $40,032 ($1.39 (last 12 months) x 28,800)
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:26 PM   #2
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If I only had a time machine. Skip college, work at the car wash and buy the stock instead.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:33 PM   #3
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Looks about like my personal rate of appreciation.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:51 PM   #4
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Damn, and I had the $2,100 back in 1986, heck I could have bought 1,000 shares back then. Now where is that time travel machine when you need it? Better yet, where can I find the stock quotes 10 - 20 years from now so I can buy today?

On the other hand, LBYM and low cost mutual funds worked just fine for ER 13 years ago and a very comfortable living since then but not at the hoiti toity level implied by the OP post.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:33 PM   #5
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LOL! And to think I sold my $1K worth of Facebook shares shortly after the IPO when they "dropped" to $28 a share.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:41 PM   #6
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That ship has long sailed. Quick, what should I buy now to have those returns in the future?

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Old 04-28-2016, 07:55 PM   #7
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I suspect very few average ordinary folks got MSFT at $21. IIRC I had a bid in at $24 that day but it did not get filled. "No problem, it'll come back down," said the broker.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:58 PM   #8
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Yes, it is great to look at what could have been... but how many stocks have done nothing or gone bust in that same time period


Back in the early 80s I almost bought Compaq with my IRA money ($2,000)... it was worth over $500K less than 10 years later... eventually bought by HP... do not know what the final value would have been if I had bought it...

BUT, and this applies to Microsoft.... who would have left that much money in ONE stock Very few people... most would be sellers over time to diversify...
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:24 PM   #9
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If I only had a time machine. Skip college, work at the car wash and buy the stock instead.

Someone should write a book...


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I bought and made some money but sold. This was a startup company, nobody knew that it would have done so well.


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Buy and hold forever.
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Interesting to see that the current annual dividend provides a 2.7% WR! A nice demonstration of the power of compound interest *and* dividends. Now imagine a DCA approach. How much faster could you have reached these levels with even a modest annual investment?
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:31 AM   #13
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Darn flux capacitor acting up at anything above half a jiggawatt... No time travel for me today.... Too risky getting back ..
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:39 AM   #14
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Yeah in retrospect it's so clear .

But you could have bought Amazon (books) or pets.com and had different results.

You could have bought google or lycos/yahoo/etc.

You could have bought facebook or twitter .

Today there are 3D printing companies, solar power companies, AI/automation, etc. I'm sure in 30 years it'll be just as obvious what we should do right now...

Dammit!

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