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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 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 five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2017, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Netflix Inc (NASD: NFLX), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 04/27/2017


End date: 04/26/2022
Start price/share: $153.08
End price/share: $198.40
Starting shares: 65.33
Ending shares: 65.33
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 29.61%
Average annual return: 5.32%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $12,958.49

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 5.32%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $12,958.49 today (as of 04/26/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 29.61% (something to think about: how might NFLX shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Never is there a better time to buy a stock than when a basically sound company, for whatever reason, temporarily falls out of favor with the investment community.” — Geraldine Weiss