That’s the question any investor familiar with the pangs of FOMO (fear of missing out) has asked at some point. These days it probably comes up more often than ever, considering how this unloved bull market just keeps churning out new highs.
In the spirit of twisting the knife, cost-estimating website HowMuch.net put together this visual of what $1,000 invested in some of America’s favorite companies a decade ago — right before the “Great Recession” — would be worth today:
The blue circles represent the initial investment, while the pink circle represents the total value of the investment today. The bigger the pink circle, the more money you’ve made. And, as is the case with General Electric GE, -1.26% if the pink fits inside the blue, you’re stuck in the red.
As you can see, it’s been quite a decade for Netflix and Apple AAPL, -0.10% in particular. Not pictured is FOMO-leader bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.60% whose pink dot is worthy of its own chart, considering the recent price explosion.
Of note, the data assumes any dividend paid out in cash didn’t get reinvested in the stock. “Understanding the difference between dividends and annualized growth in a stock is important as you compare relatively new companies like Netflix NFLX, +0.47% to old ones like GE,” HowMuch.net’s Raul Amoros explained.