10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade

Investors are repeatedly nagged to remember that past performance is not indicative of future returns.

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Investors are repeatedly nagged to remember that past performance is not indicative of future returns. It’s for their own good, and it happens to be true. But that does not mean some of today’s best stocks can’t continue to put up outstanding returns in the years and even decades ahead. Good management, innovation and being in the right business at the right time can go a long way toward ensuring a company’s long-term success.

It’s impossible to know what the next 10 years will bring. Technologies that are unimaginable today will emerge, and new ones – like self-driving cars and humanoid robots – could become mainstream. Picking stocks set to benefit from such changes is not only hard, it’s speculative. (That’s a fancy word for “risky.”)

There’s a better way to bet on the future. Rather than try to guess where the world is headed, take a cue from the more recent past. There’s no shortage of current business trends that will take a long time to run their course. Companies that are winning now and also positioned to keep growing as markets expand and mature can be great ideas for the long-term. From a risk-reward perspective, you may find the best stocks to buy for the next 10 years by sticking to what’s working today.

These 10 stock picks have the wherewithal to make the next decade as good as the past one.

Data is as of Dec. 8, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is a financial writer at Kiplinger, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.