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“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”

— Warren Buffett

This inspiring quote from Warren Buffett teaches us the importance of considering our investment time horizon when approaching any given investment: Could we envision ourselves holding the stock we are considering for many years? Even a five year holding period potentially?

For “buy-and-hold” investors taking a long-term view, what’s important isn’t the short-term stock market fluctuations that will inevitably occur, but what happens over the long haul. Looking back 5 years to 2015, investors considering an investment into shares of Copart Inc (NASD: CPRT) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full five year time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.

Start date: 12/07/2015


End date: 12/04/2020
Start price/share: $19.50
End price/share: $112.09
Starting shares: 512.82
Ending shares: 512.82
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 474.82%
Average annual return: 41.90%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $57,477.20

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 41.90%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $57,477.20 today (as of 12/04/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 474.82% (something to think about: how might CPRT shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Searching for companies is like looking for grubs under rocks: if you turn over 10 rocks you’ll likely find one grub; if you turn over 20 rocks you’ll find two.” — Peter Lynch