I had to comment on this article. I used to work for PepsiCo until late last year. I had been there a long time. So, when I saw this Coke vs Pepsi article, I was intrigued.

This article compares how Coke stock vs Pepsi stock did over the last 10 years. The winner by a hair is Coke.

A couple of insights this article highlights are if you buy a good stock and hold it for a while, you are almost always going to make money. In this case about 2.6 to 2.7 times your original investment. This is an approach (buy good companies and hold them for a long time) Warren Buffett takes also.

The other insight this article suggests is there are some stocks that do well regardless of how the economy is doing. Stocks like Pepsi and Coke are a couple of them. When I was at PepsiCo, we used to say if things are going well, people are going to eat (PepsiCo also owns Frito Lay) and drink and if times are tough, people are going to eat and drink.

Consumer goods stocks, like PepsiCo and Coke, will always have a place in my portfolio. Of course, working for PepsiCo for such a long time, it will only be PepsiCo and never our rival Coke, which is a 4 letter word!

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iWarrior30
iWarrior30

I held a few shares of Coke for my daughter for several years until just a few weeks ago. I have held McDonalds for many, many years since working there. And I’m still in the McDonalds stock purchase plan even though it’s been more than 20 years since I worked there. While both stocks have seen ups and downs we still profited from buying and holding over the years.

Russ
Russ

Both Coke and McDonalds stocks have done well over the long term.

Sean Hyman
Sean Hyman

Editor

It also helps that it deals in products that aren't terribly expensive and they're considered to be somewhat "consumer staples". I people don't "have to have" soft drinks, snacks and bottled water, etc. but they feel as if they do. Also, they've paid consistent and growing dividends which has helped as well. But yes, Russ makes some great points.