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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Autodesk Inc (NASD: ADSK)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 02/04/2011


End date: 02/03/2021
Start price/share: $43.69
End price/share: $292.85
Starting shares: 228.89
Ending shares: 228.89
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 570.29%
Average annual return: 20.94%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $67,011.92

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.94%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $67,011.92 today (as of 02/03/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 570.29% (something to think about: how might ADSK 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:
“In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” — Robert Arnott