“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 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 decade-long period?
Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2009, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASD: ALXN), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.
|Average annual return:||22.85%|
As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.85%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $78,254.04 today (as of 05/10/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 682.47% (something to think about: how might ALXN shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Another great investment quote to think about:
“If you are not willing to own a stock for 10 years, do not even think about owning it for 10 minutes.” — Warren Buffett