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10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Next Decade

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Long-term investing seems more difficult now than it has ever been, and finding stocks to buy and hold for years seems like a tough task.

Consumer tastes are moving away from dominant brands towards unique, smaller offerings. Commodity prices remain volatile, with both oil and gold well off peaks from earlier in the decade.

The increasing importance of technology stocks in the broad market adds a layer of complexity, and the increasing pace of technological chance makes forecasting even more difficult than it normally is.

While lower fees have pushed some individual investors into index funds, there’s little doubt that the complexity of today’s markets has been a factor as well. Traditional buy-and-hold investing simply is more difficult in a world that seems to be moving much faster. Would any investor have guessed even five years ago that shares of a retail giant like Macy’s Inc. (M) would lose 70% of their value? Or that dozens of oil drillers would go bankrupt amid the U.S. shale revolution? Or that General Electric Company (GE) would become one of the least-loved stocks in the market?

Buy and hold does seem a tougher path these days. But it’s not impossible. These 10 best stocks to buy and hold should stand the test of time, or at least the next decade. Providing a combination of income and (hopefully) share appreciation, these stocks should provide above-market returns for any investor, in any environment.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on October 10, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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