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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 T-Mobile US Inc (NASD: TMUS) 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: 12/15/2015


End date: 12/14/2020
Start price/share: $38.16
End price/share: $129.36
Starting shares: 262.05
Ending shares: 262.05
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 238.99%
Average annual return: 27.64%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $33,901.92

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 27.64%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $33,901.92 today (as of 12/14/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 238.99% (something to think about: how might TMUS 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:
“When the public is most frightened, only the strong are left, and that’s when the market is in the best possible hands.” — Victor Niederhoffer