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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a decade-long period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2012, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.

Start date: 01/09/2012


End date: 01/06/2022
Start price/share: $29.47
End price/share: $335.17
Starting shares: 339.33
Ending shares: 339.33
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,037.33%
Average annual return: 27.52%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $113,705.91

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 27.52%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $113,705.91 today (as of 01/06/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,037.33% (something to think about: how might URI shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“In trading you have to be defensive and aggressive at the same time. If you are not aggressive, you are not going to make money, and if you are not defensive, you are not going to keep money.” — Ray Dalio