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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a decade-long period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2011, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Adobe Inc (NASD: ADBE), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.

Start date: 03/25/2011


End date: 03/24/2021
Start price/share: $32.64
End price/share: $451.51
Starting shares: 306.37
Ending shares: 306.37
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,283.30%
Average annual return: 30.03%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $138,375.92

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 30.03%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $138,375.92 today (as of 03/24/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,283.30% (something to think about: how might ADBE shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“The whole secret to winning big in the stock market is not to be right all the time, but to lose the least amount possible when you’re wrong.” — William O’Neil