Invest Like a Cicada: 5 Stocks to Buy and Hold Until 2030

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The cicadas are coming. Later this month, Brood II -- periodical cicadas that emerge from the ground every 17 years -- will invade the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic. They're largely harmless insects, but their mating chirps and the carcasses they leave behind after reproducing generally make them a nuisance.

These cicadas will be in for a different world than the one that their parents experienced in 1996. "Seinfeld" is over. No one's dong the "Macarena." And things have also changed dramatically on Wall Street.

Flashback to 1996

Investors were starting to fret about the upcoming Y2K threat. The two hottest growth stocks that year -- Viasoft (acquired) and Zitel (imploded) -- were largely seen as beneficiaries of the oncoming calamity. The dot-com bubble was just starting to inflate, though many of the Internet companies that investors flock to these days didn't even exist.

Predicting which stocks would rule the market over the next 17 years at the time would've been a tall order in 1996, but let's give it a shot now.

Here are a few companies that investors shouldn't have a problem buying and keeping underground for the next 17 years until the next wave of Brood II periodical cicadas emerge.


Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Walt Disney and Ford. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Ford, Procter & Gamble, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Ford, and Walt Disney.

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patric48

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May 08 2013 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
telbobbee

Invest Like a Cicada: 5 Stocks to Buy and Hold Until 2030. than you refer to one "Ford" if you don't follow up withthe other four in a timely fashion CHANGE THE DANG HEADLINE or stop the bullcrap

May 07 2013 at 2:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rj2860

You need to click on the arrow to scroll thru the list...though it's mostly not worth spending much time on.

May 07 2013 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rj2860

NOPE on FORD - the family still controls the voting shares, that makes the rest of the shares, in practical terms, more like bonds that may or may not pay a dividend and that may or may not be able to be sold to recover principal.

NOPE on Wal-Mart - there really is such a thing as too big, Wal-Mart leverages large buying power for basically generic products and offers them, more or less, genericly - in it\'s day Sears was a big a player (relatively speaking), and companies like Montgomery Wards were big too - peoples tastes and habits changed and they will again. Wal-Marts fixed costs (i.e. stores) and it\'s varialble costs (i.e. labor) are going to move up, that doesn\'t necessarily lead to increases at the checkout.

P&G is probably the only choice I agree with on the list, but it\'s priced a bit high right now.

Better choices, in my opinion, are providers of core services (Verizon, AT&T are strong bets they don\'t really need to be innovative themselves they just need to be able to adapt to the innovations of others),.

Electric utilities are good bets too, not a lot of WOW in them but as grids are updated and efficiencies improved added to their customer base that NEEDS their services for the foreseeable future (100years +).

BIG food and BIG Pharma related / direct and support are the other two areas - ConAgra, Potash, Lilly, Pfizer and up and comers in both arenas.

I say NO to Apple too - people with iphones now won\'t get new ones withou MAJOR jumps in capabilities - that is several or a few years away (probably) and like other once BIG players (Compaq, RIM, etc.) they are vulnerable to an advance by a competitor who may not exist right now...Intel is a better bet.

Energy support services like deep driling rigs or piplines are good stable bets too....transportation (not airlnes) like GMT should be solid over the longterm too.

I think there are LOTS of way better plays vs. what has been included in this article, most of those included I would NEVER just buy and forget about for 17 years...much less 17 months.

May 07 2013 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
razorsharp727

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May 07 2013 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
razorsharp727

keep up the good work

May 07 2013 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mily469

i will never invest in walmart. heck, i never even ever shopped there. walmart is leaning towards the downward end of its growth curve.

May 07 2013 at 8:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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merstockgto

I bot Wal Mart some 10 years or so ago around 62 and it went down and stayed down and then early last year it got around 60 and I dumped it. So what does it do, it goes up to 74 and now it is close 80. It had never been 62 or so ever. I am way ahead on other stocks that I buy and hold and have for 33 years. One has to invest to get ahead. I can hear those that have never invested or lost out because they sold too soon to stay out of the market. Snooze you lose.

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