“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a decade-long holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of DexCom Inc (NASD: DXCM) back in 2010. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||40.99%|
As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 40.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $310,957.17 today (as of 09/30/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 3,008.82% (something to think about: how might DXCM shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Another great investment quote to think about:
“A 10% decline in the market is fairly common, it happens about once a year. Investors who realize this are less likely to sell in a panic, and more likely to remain invested, benefitting from the wealthbuilding power of stocks.” — Christopher Davis