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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Autodesk Inc (NASD: ADSK)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2010.

Start date: 09/17/2010


End date: 09/16/2020
Start price/share: $32.56
End price/share: $230.76
Starting shares: 307.13
Ending shares: 307.13
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 608.72%
Average annual return: 21.62%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $70,878.70

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 21.62%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $70,878.70 today (as of 09/16/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 608.72% (something to think about: how might ADSK shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticket… it’s part-ownership of a business.” — Peter Lynch