Photo credit:

“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five 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 five year holding period for an investor who was considering F5 Networks, Inc. (NASD: FFIV) back in 2016, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 10/28/2016


End date: 10/27/2021
Start price/share: $134.66
End price/share: $216.02
Starting shares: 74.26
Ending shares: 74.26
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 60.42%
Average annual return: 9.91%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $16,039.32

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 9.91%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $16,039.32 today (as of 10/27/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 60.42% (something to think about: how might FFIV shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“I rarely think the market is right. I believe non-dividend stocks aren’t much more than baseball cards. They are worth what you can convince someone to pay for it.” — Mark Cuban