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

— Warren Buffett

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a two-decade holding period for an investor who was considering Inc (NASD: AMZN) back in 1999, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 05/24/1999


End date: 05/23/2019
Start price/share: $58.75
End price/share: $1,815.48
Starting shares: 170.21
Ending shares: 170.21
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 2,990.18%
Average annual return: 18.70%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $308,908.80

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 18.70%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $308,908.80 today (as of 05/23/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2,990.18% (something to think about: how might AMZN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“The whole secret to winning big in the stock market is not to be right all the time, but to lose the least amount possible when you’re wrong.” — William O’Neil