“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a five year period?
Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2014, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.
|Average annual return:||7.19%|
As shown above, the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 7.19%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $14,150.49 today (as of 05/14/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 41.51% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“When the public is most frightened, only the strong are left, and that’s when the market is in the best possible hands.” — Victor Niederhoffer