Hindsight can be a terrible thing, especially when it comes to investments. No matter how successful you are as an investor, there will always be that one company that got away, the one that could have changed your life forever if you’d jumped onboard quickly enough. But then again, there’s also those companies that promise everything when they go public and deliver only disaster instead for anyone who invests in them. These are the ones that make us cautious and miss out on the unicorns. So, if you’re someone whose investment portfolio is a story of regrets and missed opportunities, the rest of this article may bring some painful memories, because it’s all about how much money you could have made if you’d invested $1k when these companies made their initial public offering.
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If you invested $1K in the following IPOs
Clearly the fastest-growing company in this industry is Tesla, and if you’d invested $1k on its IPO in 2010, it would have already made you $18.4k. Imagine how much more it would be worth if Elon Musk ever achieves any of his ambitious space goals. However, the big winner here would be anyone who invested $1k in Harley Davidson back in 1956, as that would have helped them to an impressive $114k.
The automotive industry can’t compare for value with the electronics one though, as three of these companies offer a potential return on investment that blows Harley Davidson off the road. A $1k investment in Apple when it went public in 1971, unsurprisingly, would have been a good move, with that now worth $651k, but even that only comes second to Cisco, which has shot up to $752k since its IPO in 1990.
Delivery services industry
In 1997 Amazon went public as an online bookstore with big goals at a time when the internet was still very new and far from the center of everyone’s lives that it is today. As is Amazon of course, so it’s not a huge shock to see that a $1k invested 23 years ago would represent an incredible $1.43m today. Has anyone got a time machine?
Fashionistas might scoff at the idea of Nike being in this category, but nobody could complain at the return of $518k from a $1k investment in the sportswear giant, which went public in 1980. Gap was four years earlier than that, but has only risen to a comparatively meager (but you wouldn’t complain either) value of $152k, while Capri has gone from $1k in 2011 to… $1.6k in 2020.
Food & drink industry
There’s some heavy hitters in this category, not least McDonalds which had 500 locations when it went public in 1965 and has over 38,000 today, spread all over the world. That incredible growth …read more