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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

This inspiring quote from Warren Buffett teaches us the importance of considering our investment time horizon when approaching any given investment: Could we envision ourselves holding the stock we are considering for many years? Even a five year holding period potentially?

For “buy-and-hold” investors taking a long-term view, what’s important isn’t the short-term stock market fluctuations that will inevitably occur, but what happens over the long haul. Looking back 5 years to 2016, investors considering an investment into shares of Trimble Inc (NASD: TRMB) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full five year time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.

Start date: 12/06/2016


End date: 12/03/2021
Start price/share: $29.23
End price/share: $83.77
Starting shares: 342.11
Ending shares: 342.11
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 186.59%
Average annual return: 23.47%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $28,661.94

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 23.47%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $28,661.94 today (as of 12/03/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 186.59% (something to think about: how might TRMB 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:
“As in roulette, same is true of the stock trader, who will find that the expense of trading weights the dice heavily against him.” — Benjamin Graham