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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

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 five year holding period for an investor who was considering Inc (NASD: AMZN) back in 2015, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 02/26/2015


End date: 02/25/2020
Start price/share: $384.80
End price/share: $1,972.74
Starting shares: 25.99
Ending shares: 25.99
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 412.67%
Average annual return: 38.67%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $51,275.82

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 38.67%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $51,275.82 today (as of 02/25/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 412.67% (something to think about: how might AMZN shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.” — John Rockefeller