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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into DISH Network Corp (NASD: DISH)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2016.

Start date: 08/10/2016


End date: 08/09/2021
Start price/share: $50.87
End price/share: $42.25
Starting shares: 196.58
Ending shares: 196.58
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -16.95%
Average annual return: -3.65%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $8,303.45

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -3.65%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $8,303.45 today (as of 08/09/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -16.95% (something to think about: how might DISH shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“I made my money by selling too soon.” — Bernard Baruch