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“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 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASD: REGN) back in 2009. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:

Start date: 05/18/2009


End date: 05/16/2019
Start price/share: $14.88
End price/share: $308.04
Starting shares: 672.04
Ending shares: 672.04
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,970.16%
Average annual return: 35.39%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $206,950.22

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 35.39%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $206,950.22 today (as of 05/16/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,970.16% (something to think about: how might REGN shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“I make no attempt to forecast the market; my efforts are devoted to finding undervalued securities.” — Warren Buffett