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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASD: ZBRA)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2015.

Start date: 07/22/2015


End date: 07/21/2020
Start price/share: $113.71
End price/share: $273.28
Starting shares: 87.94
Ending shares: 87.94
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 140.33%
Average annual return: 19.16%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $24,035.94

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 19.16%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $24,035.94 today (as of 07/21/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 140.33% (something to think about: how might ZBRA shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.” — T. Boone Pickens