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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 Inc (NYSE: CRM) 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: 07/25/2016


End date: 07/22/2021
Start price/share: $82.19
End price/share: $248.28
Starting shares: 121.67
Ending shares: 121.67
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 202.08%
Average annual return: 24.78%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $30,213.29

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 24.78%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $30,213.29 today (as of 07/22/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 202.08% (something to think about: how might CRM shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market.” — Warren Buffett