Photo credit:

“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 F5 Inc (NASD: FFIV)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 12/22/2011


End date: 12/21/2021
Start price/share: $104.48
End price/share: $233.16
Starting shares: 95.71
Ending shares: 95.71
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 123.16%
Average annual return: 8.35%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $22,308.99

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 8.35%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $22,308.99 today (as of 12/21/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 123.16% (something to think about: how might FFIV shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“People who invest make money for themselves; people who speculate make money for their brokers.” — Benjamin Graham