“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
Such a great quote from Warren Buffett, highlighting the importance of investment time horizon when considering making an investment. In the short run, who knows what the stock market will do? A week or two after buying any given stock, could the entire stock market fall out of bed? Quite possibly! Should that happen, how would you react? It is an excellent question to think about before hitting the buy button.
For investors who take a multi-year time horizon, the important thing is not what happens in the next week or two, but what the result will be over the long haul. Today, we look at the result investors of the year 2010 experienced, who considered an investment in shares of DexCom Inc (NASD: DXCM) and decided upon a ten year investment time horizon.
|Average annual return:||43.80%|
The above analysis shows the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 43.80%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $378,837.79 today (as of 06/08/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 3,688.49% (something to think about: how might DXCM shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“It’s not always easy to do what’s not popular, but that’s where you make your money. Buy stocks that look bad to less careful investors and hang on until their real value is recognized.” — John Neff