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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2016, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Truist Financial Corp (NYSE: TFC), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 08/23/2016


End date: 08/20/2021
Start price/share: $37.86
End price/share: $55.58
Starting shares: 264.13
Ending shares: 311.98
Dividends reinvested/share: $8.01
Total return: 73.40%
Average annual return: 11.65%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $17,339.29

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.65%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $17,339.29 today (as of 08/20/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 73.40% (something to think about: how might TFC shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Truist Financial Corp paid investors a total of $8.01/share in dividends over the 5 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.92/share, we calculate that TFC has a current yield of approximately 3.45%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.92 against the original $37.86/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 9.11%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” — Pablo Picasso