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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 ten year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC) back in 2009: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full ten year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 11/25/2009


End date: 11/22/2019
Start price/share: $4.72
End price/share: $59.45
Starting shares: 2,118.64
Ending shares: 2,118.64
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,159.53%
Average annual return: 28.84%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $125,952.17

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 28.84%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $125,952.17 today (as of 11/22/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,159.53% (something to think about: how might CNC shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“If I’ve learned one thing in this life it’s this: even if you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” — Daymond John