“What if?” That is the question most, if not all, of us always ask whenever we contemplate on the decisions we make in our daily lives.
Often, we deem them as trivial things that would not really affect our future. But that’s wrong. Every decision creates a ripple effect on the things that are about to happen, which leads us now to ask ourselves, “What would have been?”, even when it comes to the things we choose to buy or not. Sometimes, it doesn’t slip into our minds that by choosing this from that will lead to more astounding possibilities.
That is why, whenever we try to purchase something, it’s important to think ahead and keep this in mind: “What would have been if I had invested instead?” Let us go back from the past and back to the future with the Investment Time Machine to help you find the answers.
iPhone seems to be the most popular smart phone available in the market and everyone can’t wait to get their hands on latest releases. But, if you have bought your first iPhone in 2007, it may have cost you $599. Suppose you have bought AAPL stock instead, by now you would have extra money amounting to $2,116. Just look at the price difference! The Adjusted Stock Price in 2007 is $120, the Actual Stock Price at the time is $122.04, but the Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $423.20. And wait, there’s more! The Product Price in Today’s Money is $664.
In 1995, the cutting-edge Windows 95 Operating System cost $200, but if you have invested that money into Microsoft stock instead, you would have $1, 263 today. The Adjusted Stock Price in 1995 is $4.52, the Actual Stock Price at the time is $96.12 and the Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $28.70. Today, the Product Price is $301.
Even the bottle of Coca-Cola has the ability to bring you financial success. In 1964, a month’s worth of Coca-Cola for a family which has five 12-packs would have cost $8.10. But if the family chose to drink water instead and invested that amount into a Coke stock, today it would be worth $1,015. The Adjusted Stock Price in 1964 is $0.32 while the Actual Stock Price at the time is $114.12. The Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $40.08 but the Product Price in Today’s Money is $59.95.
Take the iconic Barbie doll as another example. In 1984, the doll’s price is $20. But if you put the money in a Mattel stock instead of buying the doll, you would have earned $981. The Adjusted Stock Price in 1984 is $0.84 while Actual Stock Price at the time is $4.98. The Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $42.64 but the Product Price in Today’s Money is $44.19.
We know people love a pair of Nike shoes. Nike Air Jordans was at premium cost in 1987, with a price of $65. However, if you decided to put that money into Nike stock instead, today you’d have a price difference of $9,789. Adjusted Stock Price in 1987 is $0.39 while the Actual Stock Price at the time is $17.48. The Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $58.97 but the Product Price in Today’s Money is $131.34.
How about this? When Disneyland officially opened in 1962, four admission tickets for a family to experience the place dubbed as “the happiest place on earth” cost around $14.00. But if you decided to spend family time in a less luxurious way and invested this modest amount of money in Disney stock instead, there is a return of $13,463 worth of savings. The Adjusted Stock Price in 1962 is $0.06 while the Actual Stock Price at the time is $37.25. The Stock Price as of April 5, 2013 is $57.70 but the Product Price in Today’s Money is $106.40.
If that didn’t impress you yet, take the Ford Mustang as another example. In 1982, this Mustang was all the rage, costing $6,572 which was a high price for a car at that time. However, if you settled for an old beater instead, and invested in Ford stock, you could have a staggering $314,433 by now! The Adjusted Stock Price in 1982 is $0.26 while the Actual Stock Price at the time is $17.25. The Stock Price on 4/5/2013 is $12.44 but the Product Price in Today’s Money is $15,633.30.
Just look at how much difference can be made had you chosen to invest instead. And there are a lot more examples to prove how investments are smart choices for anyone who is just as wise. This Investment Time Machine tells you the opportunities lying ahead as an alternative to buying a product at some time in the past. If you could have spent the same amount into that company’s stocks, that money will return to you in ten folds.