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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 wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?

A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a five year holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASD: AMD) back in 2017. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:

Start date: 01/03/2017


End date: 12/31/2021
Start price/share: $11.43
End price/share: $143.90
Starting shares: 874.89
Ending shares: 874.89
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,158.97%
Average annual return: 66.05%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $125,888.95

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 66.05%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $125,888.95 today (as of 12/31/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,158.97% (something to think about: how might AMD shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.” — George Soros