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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

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 decade-long holding period for an investor who was considering AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO) back in 2009, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 12/04/2009


End date: 12/03/2019
Start price/share: $152.08
End price/share: $1,152.30
Starting shares: 65.75
Ending shares: 65.75
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 657.69%
Average annual return: 22.44%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $75,765.95

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.44%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $75,765.95 today (as of 12/03/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 657.69% (something to think about: how might AZO shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Generally, the greater the stigma or revulsion, the better the bargain.” — Seth Klarman