My “Pick 5” Stock Experiment, 6+ Years Later

Over six years ago, I decided to choose 5 companies that I liked and buy their stock. I didn’t spend any time researching the companies I chose. I simply chose companies whose product or service I liked!

Here are the companies I chose:

Netflix (NFLX)
Ebay (EBAY)
Comcast (CMCSA)
Tivo (TIVO)
Google (GOOG)

It’s been fun to watch these 5 stocks in my Ameritrade account especially since I had an interest in them and liked what they offered.

Of my initial investment, the value of all 5 stocks as of today is double. So overall, in 5 years, the overall gain was 100%. Do you think I bought all huge winners to get a gain like that? Not exactly.

All 5 company’s stocks have increased since March 2006. Interestingly enough, 4 of them have grown 70-80% and 1 has grown 200%.  You might think it was Google, but it’s not … it’s Netflix.  And there was a time when Netflix was up 800%. Oh well, 200% will have to do.

Here they are in order of gain percentage:

Comcast 70%
Ebay 71%
Tivo 77%
Google 78%
Netflix 200%

Yes, I bought Facebook … more on that later.

What are 5 companies you like and would you buy their stock? I say no matter what amount you have to invest, trust your gut and go for it.

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Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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