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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a decade-long holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASD: TTWO) back in 2009: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full decade-long investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 07/13/2009


End date: 07/11/2019
Start price/share: $8.98
End price/share: $116.53
Starting shares: 1,113.59
Ending shares: 1,113.59
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,197.66%
Average annual return: 29.22%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $129,806.78

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 29.22%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $129,806.78 today (as of 07/11/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,197.66% (something to think about: how might TTWO 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:
“Every once in a while, the market does something so stupid it takes your breath away.” — Jim Cramer