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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— 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 two-decade 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 20 years to 2001, investors considering an investment into shares of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASD: TTWO) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full two-decade time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.

Start date: 03/15/2001


End date: 03/12/2021
Start price/share: $8.25
End price/share: $170.25
Starting shares: 1,212.12
Ending shares: 1,212.20
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,963.76%
Average annual return: 16.34%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $206,510.12

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.34%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $206,510.12 today (as of 03/12/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,963.76% (something to think about: how might TTWO shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” — Mark Twain