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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into DISH Network Corp (NASD: DISH)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 01/03/2017


End date: 12/31/2021
Start price/share: $59.69
End price/share: $32.44
Starting shares: 167.53
Ending shares: 167.53
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -45.65%
Average annual return: -11.49%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $5,435.66

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -11.49%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $5,435.66 today (as of 12/31/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -45.65% (something to think about: how might DISH shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.” — John Rockefeller