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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 decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Netflix Inc (NASD: NFLX)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 09/09/2011


End date: 09/08/2021
Start price/share: $29.14
End price/share: $606.05
Starting shares: 343.17
Ending shares: 343.17
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,979.79%
Average annual return: 35.43%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $207,907.67

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 35.43%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $207,907.67 today (as of 09/08/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,979.79% (something to think about: how might NFLX 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:
“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, ’cause you might not get there.” — Yogi Berra