The numbers blow your mind away.  

If, in 1968, you invested $20.50 in a share of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B)(NYSE:BRK-A), it would today be worth about $193,000.  And that's just one share.  If you splurged and spent about $125, you'd now be a millionaire with just six shares of Berkshire Hathaway Class A stock to your name.

But that was then, and this is now.  No one has ever gained their financial independence by pining for the types of returns we can see with hindsight.  

As it is, there's little chance that Berkshire will perform anything like it has during its illustrious past.  In fact, there are some pretty compelling reasons for investors--especially beginners--to shy away from owning stocks.

Motley Fool contributor Brian Stoffel highlights two such reasons in the video below, and discusses what they could mean for investors.

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The previous articles in our "12 Days of Berkshire" series:
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11 Things in Your House Making Warren Buffett Money

10 Reasons Berkshire Hathaway Is the Best Stock You Can Buy

9 Warren Buffett-Approved Dividend Stocks

8 Stocks Warren Buffett Should Never Buy

7 Things We Can Learn From Warren Buffett’s Biggest Money Mistakes

6 Companies Warren Buffett Helped Save

Warren Buffett’s 5 Best Businesses

4 Key Events in Warren Buffett's Investing Life

3 Warren Buffett Stocks You Can Buy Today

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