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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— 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 two-decade holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) back in 2000: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full two-decade investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 20 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 01/31/2000


End date: 01/30/2020
Start price/share: $80.69
End price/share: $135.89
Starting shares: 123.93
Ending shares: 221.28
Dividends reinvested/share: $30.06
Total return: 200.69%
Average annual return: 5.66%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $30,093.60

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 5.66%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $30,093.60 today (as of 01/30/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 200.69% (something to think about: how might JPM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that JPMorgan Chase & Co paid investors a total of $30.06/share in dividends over the 20 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 3.6/share, we calculate that JPM has a current yield of approximately 2.65%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.6 against the original $80.69/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 3.28%.

Another great investment quote to think about:
“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring.” — George Soros