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“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”

— Warren Buffett

This inspiring quote from Warren Buffett teaches us the importance of considering our investment time horizon when approaching any given investment: Could we envision ourselves holding the stock we are considering for many years? Even a five year holding period potentially?

For “buy-and-hold” investors taking a long-term view, what’s important isn’t the short-term stock market fluctuations that will inevitably occur, but what happens over the long haul. Looking back 5 years to 2014, investors considering an investment into shares of Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full five year time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.

Start date: 06/30/2014


End date: 06/27/2019
Start price/share: $19.51
End price/share: $39.00
Starting shares: 512.56
Ending shares: 544.30
Dividends reinvested/share: $1.89
Total return: 112.28%
Average annual return: 16.27%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,231.45

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.27%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $21,231.45 today (as of 06/27/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 112.28% (something to think about: how might MAS shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Masco Corp. paid investors a total of $1.89/share in dividends over the 5 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .48/share, we calculate that MAS has a current yield of approximately 1.23%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .48 against the original $19.51/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 6.30%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“History provides a crucial insight regarding market crises: they are inevitable, painful and ultimately surmountable.” — Shelby Davis