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

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a twenty year holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Synopsys Inc (NASD: SNPS) back in 2000, holding through to today.

Start date: 12/08/2000


End date: 12/07/2020
Start price/share: $25.03
End price/share: $239.17
Starting shares: 399.52
Ending shares: 399.52
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 855.53%
Average annual return: 11.94%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $95,552.68

The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.94%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $95,552.68 today (as of 12/07/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 855.53% (something to think about: how might SNPS shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person using the customary three percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert.” — Peter Lynch