A Foolish Baby Shower

Need more proof that my brain has been permanently warped by a life spent pondering Wall Street? Here it is. Having recently found out that I'm an uncle-to-be, my thoughts quickly turned toward what stock I'd like to buy as a gift for the little tyke.

The way I see it, there'll be relatives coming out of the woodwork with baby clothes and toys, but I'd like to give him or her something that will create more enduring value, and fewer embarrassing photo moments. Since this sounded like a reasonably interesting project, I invited my fellow Fools to chime in with their thoughts.

What follows is a brief series of takes highlighting our choices for an 18-year buy-and-hold position. As always, this is a collection of ideas from our writers, not a set of soup-to-nuts treatises on the companies in question. You'll still have to do your own due diligence.

It's also worth noting that 18-year investment horizons are not at all typical or even recommended. Simply put, there are just too many things that can happen between now and then for a long-term "buy and forget" strategy to be truly Foolish. But here and there, we all manage to find ideas that give us significantly above-average confidence in a company's long-term potential. The ability to maintain a powerful competitive advantage, and the right set of underlying trends for support, might just help keep these firms going strong in 18 years' time.

Without further ado, let's look at some of our Fools' ideas that might allow Baby to enter the world in financially Foolish style:

Fool contributorStephen Simpsonhas no financial interest in any stocks mentioned (that means he's neither long nor short the shares). Starbucks is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick, while Bank of America is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool has a disclosure policy.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 534610, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/30/2014 5:56:38 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 17,042.90 -28.32 -0.17%
S&P 500 1,972.29 -5.51 -0.28%
NASD 4,493.39 -12.46 -0.28%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/30/2014 4:00 PM
BAC $17.05 Up +0.04 +0.24%
Bank of America CAPS Rating: ****
DIS $89.03 Up +0.20 +0.23%
Walt Disney CAPS Rating: *****
GE $25.62 Up +0.20 +0.79%
General Electric C… CAPS Rating: ****
JNJ $106.59 Up +0.05 +0.05%
Johnson & Johnson CAPS Rating: ****
PG $83.74 Down -0.70 -0.83%
Procter & Gamble CAPS Rating: ****
SBUX $75.46 Up +0.19 +0.25%
Starbucks CAPS Rating: ****
SYK $80.75 Down -0.77 -0.94%
Stryker CAPS Rating: *****

Advertisement