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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a five year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI) back in 2016: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full five year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 5 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 03/28/2016


End date: 03/25/2021
Start price/share: $61.68
End price/share: $314.24
Starting shares: 162.13
Ending shares: 162.13
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 409.47%
Average annual return: 38.54%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $50,944.84

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 38.54%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $50,944.84 today (as of 03/25/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 409.47% (something to think about: how might URI shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” — Pablo Picasso