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

— 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 twenty year holding period for an investor who was considering Inc (NASD: AMZN) back in 2000, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 08/07/2000


End date: 08/04/2020
Start price/share: $33.81
End price/share: $3,138.83
Starting shares: 295.75
Ending shares: 295.75
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 9,183.05%
Average annual return: 25.42%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $928,698.89

The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 25.42%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $928,698.89 today (as of 08/04/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 9,183.05% (something to think about: how might AMZN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Your investor’s edge is not something you get from Wall Street experts. It’s something you already have. You can outperform the experts if you use your edge by investing in companies or industries you already understand.” — Peter Lynch