“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 WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE: WEC), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.
|Average annual return:||14.19%|
As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.19%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $37,694.74 today (as of 03/24/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 277.06% (something to think about: how might WEC shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that WEC Energy Group Inc paid investors a total of $19.86/share in dividends over the 10 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 2.91/share, we calculate that WEC has a current yield of approximately 3.01%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.91 against the original $35.06/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 8.59%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“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