“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— 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 twenty year holding period for an investor who was considering ABIOMED, Inc. (NASD: ABMD) back in 2000, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||9.65%|
As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 9.65%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $63,152.70 today (as of 01/24/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 530.97% (something to think about: how might ABMD shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“I think you have to learn that there’s a company behind every stock, and that there’s only one real reason why stocks go up. Companies go from doing poorly to doing well or small companies grow to large companies.” — Peter Lynch