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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 ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASD: ORLY)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 08/12/2011


End date: 08/11/2021
Start price/share: $60.23
End price/share: $601.18
Starting shares: 166.03
Ending shares: 166.03
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 898.14%
Average annual return: 25.85%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $99,788.23

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 25.85%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $99,788.23 today (as of 08/11/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 898.14% (something to think about: how might ORLY 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:
“The most important three words in investing is: “I don’t know.” If someone doesn’t say that to you then they are lying.” — James Altucher