“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a ten year holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of United Continental Holdings Inc (NASD: UAL) back in 2009. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||28.92%|
As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 28.92%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $126,824.44 today (as of 04/11/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,168.49% (something to think about: how might UAL shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Confronted with a challenge to distill the secret of sound investment into three words, we venture the motto, Margin of Safety.” — Benjamin Graham