“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a decade-long holding period for an investor who was considering United Airlines Holdings Inc (NASD: UAL) back in 2011, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||10.14%|
As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.14%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $26,283.34 today (as of 04/12/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 162.80% (something to think about: how might UAL shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“A market downturn doesn’t bother us. It is an opportunity to increase our ownership of great companies with great management at good prices.” — Warren Buffett