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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

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a decade-long holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASD: EA) back in 2010, holding through to today.

Start date: 06/17/2010


End date: 06/16/2020
Start price/share: $16.17
End price/share: $125.73
Starting shares: 618.43
Ending shares: 618.43
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 677.55%
Average annual return: 22.75%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $77,750.43

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.75%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $77,750.43 today (as of 06/16/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 677.55% (something to think about: how might EA shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market.” — Warren Buffett