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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Fiserv Inc (NASD: FISV)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 02/07/2012


End date: 02/04/2022
Start price/share: $16.24
End price/share: $104.88
Starting shares: 615.76
Ending shares: 615.76
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 545.81%
Average annual return: 20.51%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $64,599.75

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.51%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $64,599.75 today (as of 02/04/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 545.81% (something to think about: how might FISV 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:
“The most important thing about an investment philosophy is that you have one.” — David Booth