“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a twenty year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Goldman Sachs Group Inc (the (NYSE: GS)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2000.
|Average annual return:||3.63%|
As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.63%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $20,409.73 today (as of 09/03/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 104.08% (something to think about: how might GS shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Goldman Sachs Group Inc (the paid investors a total of $37.53/share in dividends over the 20 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 5/share, we calculate that GS has a current yield of approximately 2.41%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 5 against the original $128.81/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.87%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person using the customary three percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert.” — Peter Lynch