Gary Stiffelman's answer to If you could call yourself five years ago and had 30 seconds, what would you say?
Buy apple stock and sell at $700.
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Buying AAPL and selling at $700 returns 296%
Buying GMCR and selling at $106 returns 1304%
Buying NFLX and selling at $295 returns 862%
AAPL doesn't get to $700 until Sept 2012.
GMCR hits $106 a year earlier in Sept 2011.
NFLX hits $295 even sooner in July 2011GMCR gives you more than 4x the return of AAPL and you get it 25% sooner.
Of course, this presumes that the best thing one can do with 5-year hindsight is maximize one's finances -- a presumption I don't necessarily agree with.