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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 07/27/2011


End date: 07/26/2021
Start price/share: $29.48
End price/share: $119.22
Starting shares: 339.21
Ending shares: 339.21
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 304.41%
Average annual return: 14.99%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $40,451.36

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $40,451.36 today (as of 07/26/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 304.41% (something to think about: how might AKAM 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:
“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