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This is the Retirement Investing board. On the theory the funds are going to be use (or needed) for your retirement - don't even think about it. To put retirement funds in a single stock is for fools.

Yes Apple has gone up much like Microsoft did in the 90s. If you look at the historical price of Microsoft you will find today in 2012 it is less than half the value it was in 1999.

The value of Apple today and for some period of time in the future is based on its earnings and expected future earnings growth. At some point the expectation for future growth will fall - fall a lot. When that happens the stock price will fall. (not growth of stock price, but the actual dollars per share)

Consider this - last quarter earnings grew 94% -- just to keep math simple say that was 100%. Quarterly earnings were 11.6 Billion. Four times 11.6 = 46.4 Billion. If you have 10 years until retirement and you expect the past to continue, Apple would have earnings in 2022 of 45,670.4 billion. To put that number in perspective the current national debt is in the range of 15,000 billion.

Apple is good, but they are not going to have more earnings then the US national debt.

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