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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 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 decade-long period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2010, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Charter Communications Inc (NASD: CHTR), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.

Start date: 10/15/2010


End date: 10/14/2020
Start price/share: $33.29
End price/share: $638.62
Starting shares: 300.39
Ending shares: 300.39
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,818.35%
Average annual return: 34.35%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $191,901.95

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 34.35%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $191,901.95 today (as of 10/14/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,818.35% (something to think about: how might CHTR shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Don’t look for the needle in the haystack, just buy the haystack.” — John Bogle