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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 Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2010.

Start date: 10/19/2010


End date: 10/16/2020
Start price/share: $45.54
End price/share: $110.71
Starting shares: 219.59
Ending shares: 219.59
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 143.10%
Average annual return: 9.29%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $24,311.08

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 9.29%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $24,311.08 today (as of 10/16/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 143.10% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“There’s a virtuous cycle when people have to defend challenges to their ideas. Any gaps in thinking or analysis become clear pretty quickly when smart people ask good, logical questions.” — Joel Greenblatt