Forever is a very long time. There’s a good case to be made that you shouldn’t hold your stocks forever. You may want to sell some in retirement, for example, to supplement your Social Security income. Selling is the right thing to do when a stock has lost your confidence, too.
Still, there are some terrific companies with corresponding stocks that have been great performers in the past and that seem poised to keep rewarding shareholders well for a long time. Such companies might stay in your portfolio for many decades — and possibly even for the rest of your life. After all, if you don’t need to liquidate your whole portfolio before you die, you can leave some valuable shares for your loved ones.
Here then are four solid candidates for your long-term portfolio.
1. Veeva Systems
Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) is only about 15 years old, but it has grown into a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company with a recent market value near $36 billion. It describes itself as “a leading global provider of cloud-based software solutions for regulated industries such as consumer goods, chemical, cosmetics, and life sciences.” It helps companies make sense of the data they collect, offers customer relationship management services, and helps drug companies manage their many clinical trial processes — among other things.
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