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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 O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASD: ORLY) 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: 10/08/2014


End date: 10/07/2019
Start price/share: $153.09
End price/share: $388.95
Starting shares: 65.32
Ending shares: 65.32
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 154.07%
Average annual return: 20.50%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $25,405.94

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.50%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $25,405.94 today (as of 10/07/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 154.07% (something to think about: how might ORLY shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it’s doing.” — Peter Lynch