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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— Warren Buffett

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a two-decade holding period for an investor who was considering Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM) back in 2002, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 04/19/2002


End date: 04/18/2022
Start price/share: $3.63
End price/share: $119.44
Starting shares: 2,754.82
Ending shares: 2,754.82
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 3,190.36%
Average annual return: 19.08%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $329,312.06

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 19.08%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $329,312.06 today (as of 04/18/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 3,190.36% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” — George Soros