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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

This inspiring quote from Warren Buffett teaches us the importance of considering our investment time horizon when approaching any given investment: Could we envision ourselves holding the stock we are considering for many years? Even a five year holding period potentially?

For “buy-and-hold” investors taking a long-term view, what’s important isn’t the short-term stock market fluctuations that will inevitably occur, but what happens over the long haul. Looking back 5 years to 2017, investors considering an investment into shares of Autodesk Inc (NASD: ADSK) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full five year time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.

Start date: 03/15/2017


End date: 03/14/2022
Start price/share: $88.40
End price/share: $188.70
Starting shares: 113.12
Ending shares: 113.12
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 113.46%
Average annual return: 16.38%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,349.70

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.38%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $21,349.70 today (as of 03/14/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 113.46% (something to think about: how might ADSK shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Don’t wait for the perfect time, you will wait forever. Always take advantage of the time you’re given and make it perfect.” — Daymond John