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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a twenty year holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASD: EA) back in 1999, holding through to today.

Start date: 05/24/1999


End date: 05/22/2019
Start price/share: $47.81
End price/share: $93.84
Starting shares: 209.15
Ending shares: 209.15
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 96.27%
Average annual return: 3.43%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $19,635.90

As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.43%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $19,635.90 today (as of 05/22/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 96.27% (something to think about: how might EA shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Investors should purchase stocks like they purchase groceries, not like they purchase perfume.” — Benjamin Graham