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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a two-decade holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Inc (NASD: AMZN)? Today, we examine the outcome of a two-decade investment into the stock back in 2000.

Start date: 10/06/2000


End date: 10/05/2020
Start price/share: $31.56
End price/share: $3,199.20
Starting shares: 316.83
Ending shares: 316.83
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 10,036.08%
Average annual return: 25.96%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $1,013,331.35

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 25.96%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $1,013,331.35 today (as of 10/05/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 10,036.08% (something to think about: how might AMZN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.” — Carlos Slim