What do Oracle, Microsoft, and Charles Schwab all have in common? If you bought and held any of these names on the day of CNBC's first broadcast, your investment would be up by more than ten thousand percent.
In honor of CNBC's 25th anniversary on Thursday, the "Fast Money" traders offered up their top long-term picks to hold onto for the next 25 years.
CNBC began broadcasting on April 17th, 1989, at a time when Poison, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson were topping the charts. In the 25 years since CNBC's first broadcast, the markets have topped the charts as well: the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and S&P 500 are all up more than 500 percent since that time.
Tim Seymour of Triogem Asset Management said that he "loves" General Electric for the next quarter-century. "They are in the businesses that are most important to the world," he said. "They're a step or two ahead of all of their peers."
Guy Adami of TradeMonster.com took a similar path, picking Honeywell as his best idea for the next 25 years. "I think Honeywell does it better than GE," he said.
RiskReversal.com's Dan Nathan chose as his top pick, saying that the company will "embed themselves even more in our lives," in the next 25 years.
Finally, Brian Kelly of Brian Kelly Capital compared Bitcoin's potential to that of the internet 25 years ago. "Twenty-five years ago, if you bought the internet, if you could buy the internet, you'd be very happy today ... What do you buy today to be happy? Bitcoin."