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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 Verisign Inc (NASD: VRSN), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 09/11/2015


End date: 09/10/2020
Start price/share: $69.16
End price/share: $198.00
Starting shares: 144.59
Ending shares: 144.59
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 186.29%
Average annual return: 23.40%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $28,630.31

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 23.40%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $28,630.31 today (as of 09/10/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 186.29% (something to think about: how might VRSN shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Value investing means really asking what are the best values, and not assuming that because something looks expensive that it is, or assuming that because a stock is down in price and trades at low multiples that it is a bargain.” — Bill Miller