Lots of investors enjoy looking for unique growth opportunities most other people have yet to find. The fact is, however, the pillars of your portfolio are going to look quite a bit like the big winners found among everyone else’s holdings. The better the prospect, the more likely it is its story is already being told.
The thing is, that’s OK. A winner is a winner no matter how many other people own it.
Here’s a look at three unstoppable investments most everyone should be holding in their long-term portfolios. Each is built to last, and more than that, each is positioned to continue dominating its respective market.
1. Walt Disney
Media giant Walt Disney ( DIS -0.67% ) isn’t a name that needs much of an introduction. From television to toys to theme parks (and more), this company’s got exposure to a lot of different businesses. And, the mix works — Disney is also a powerhouse in each of the markets it operates in.
That’s not entirely clear in light of last quarter’s results. While the company showed the expected improvement compared to last year’s COVID-19-crimped fiscal Q4 numbers, streaming subscriber growth slowed to a crawl. Its flagship streaming platform Disney+ only added 2.1 million paying customers during the quarter, falling well short of estimates. For a company that completely restructured itself a little over a year ago to focus on cultivating its streaming business, that’s a problem.
Except maybe it isn’t.
While last quarter was admittedly lackluster, keep it in context. The coronavirus pandemic is still with us, standing at least somewhat in the way of consumer-facing companies, as well as stifling television and film production. Disney’s said nearly a year ago that it’s got nearly a couple dozen Star Wars and Marvel-based television series planned for Disney+, most of which have yet to arrive on the platform. As these shows make their way to the streaming venue, look for interest in the service to perk up again. In the meantime, embrace the fact that the Disney brand name itself is one of the most powerful ones on the planet.
Software name Microsoft ( MSFT -1.97% ) is arguably as recognizable as Walt Disney; you may even be a customer yourself. It’s the Microsoft you don’t know, however, that makes this stock such a solid, easy pick for a newcomer to own.
Sure, Microsoft is still the outfit behind the Windows operating system, which according to GlobalStats’ Statcounter is installed on 75% of the world’s …….