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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

A key lesson we can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how to think about a potential stock investment in the context of a long-term time horizon. Every investor in a stock has a choice: bite our fingernails over the short-term ups and downs that are inevitable with the stock market, or, zero in on stocks we are comfortable to simply buy and hold for the long haul — maybe even a two-decade holding period. Heck, investors can even choose to completely ignore the stock market’s short-run quotations and instead go into their initial investment planning to hold on for years and years regardless of the fluctuations in price that might occur next.

Today, we examine what would have happened over a two-decade holding period, had you decided back in 2000 to buy shares of Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE: BSX) and simply hold through to today.

Start date: 08/21/2000


End date: 08/20/2020
Start price/share: $8.91
End price/share: $38.86
Starting shares: 1,122.33
Ending shares: 1,122.33
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 336.14%
Average annual return: 7.64%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $43,633.91

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 7.64%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $43,633.91 today (as of 08/20/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 336.14% (something to think about: how might BSX shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Waiting helps you as an investor and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait. If you didn’t get the deferred-gratification gene, you’ve got to work very hard to overcome that.” — Charlie Munger