“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a twenty year holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (NYSE: MTD) back in 2001. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||17.61%|
The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 17.61%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $256,722.54 today (as of 03/15/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2,466.56% (something to think about: how might MTD shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Never is there a better time to buy a stock than when a basically sound company, for whatever reason, temporarily falls out of favor with the investment community.” — Geraldine Weiss