“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”
— Warren Buffett
One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a two-decade holding period for an investor who was considering Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM) back in 2001, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||6.53%|
As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 6.53%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $35,460.07 today (as of 01/28/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 254.51% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Another great investment quote to think about:
“The idea that a bell rings to signal when to get into or out of the stock market is simply not credible. After nearly fifty years in this business, I don’t know anybody who has done it successfully and consistently.” — Jack Bogle