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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

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 ten year holding period for an investor who was considering Autodesk Inc (NASD: ADSK) back in 2011, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 08/12/2011


End date: 08/11/2021
Start price/share: $29.18
End price/share: $328.64
Starting shares: 342.70
Ending shares: 342.70
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,026.25%
Average annual return: 27.38%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $112,612.95

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 27.38%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $112,612.95 today (as of 08/11/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,026.25% (something to think about: how might ADSK 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:
“A stock is not just a ticker symbol or an electronic blip; it is an ownership interest in an actual business, with an underlying value that does not depend on its share price.” — Benjamin Graham