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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2015, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE: BSX), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 08/06/2015


End date: 08/05/2020
Start price/share: $17.42
End price/share: $37.73
Starting shares: 574.05
Ending shares: 574.05
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 116.59%
Average annual return: 16.71%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,663.28

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.71%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $21,663.28 today (as of 08/05/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 116.59% (something to think about: how might BSX 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:
“This company looks cheap, that company looks cheap, but the overall economy could completely screw it up. The key is to wait. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing.” — David Tepper