“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— 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 ten year holding period for an investor who was considering Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (NYSE: MTD) back in 2009, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||22.90%|
As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.90%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $78,661.85 today (as of 08/12/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 686.46% (something to think about: how might MTD shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticketâ€¦ it’s part-ownership of a business.” — Peter Lynch