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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

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 Gartner Inc (NYSE: IT) and decided upon a decade-long investment time horizon.

Start date: 08/23/2010


End date: 08/20/2020
Start price/share: $28.00
End price/share: $127.76
Starting shares: 357.14
Ending shares: 357.14
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 356.29%
Average annual return: 16.39%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $45,620.15

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.39%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $45,620.15 today (as of 08/20/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 356.29% (something to think about: how might IT shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“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