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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 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 decade-long holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of DaVita Inc (NYSE: DVA) back in 2011. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:

Start date: 05/27/2011


End date: 05/26/2021
Start price/share: $41.81
End price/share: $120.60
Starting shares: 239.18
Ending shares: 239.18
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 188.45%
Average annual return: 11.17%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $28,848.82

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.17%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $28,848.82 today (as of 05/26/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 188.45% (something to think about: how might DVA shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett