One share of stock is a tiny piece of a company. Take this example: If the company has sold 100 shares representing 50% of the company, each share would be worth 0.05% of the company.
Calculating worth depends on where you see the stock in the future. What’s the projected five-year estimated growth? Is this company innovative? Will it be around for a long time?
Depends. But check out this example: If you bought one share of Apple in December 1980 for $22, your one share would have split five times. You would now own 220 shares worth $143.76 (October 14, 2021) for a total value of $31,627.20. Not too shabby for a $22 investment over 40 years.
Develop SMART money goals, make a budget, set up automatic transfers to build your portfolio, and leave it alone for the next 10-30 years.
Of course, the case can be made to buy one share, but diversification is the goal. Diversification protects your investments. It minimizes the risk of a bad investment wiping out everything.