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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 decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Adobe Inc (NASD: ADBE)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 05/21/2012


End date: 05/19/2022
Start price/share: $32.01
End price/share: $394.38
Starting shares: 312.40
Ending shares: 312.40
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,132.05%
Average annual return: 28.55%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $123,231.24

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 28.55%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $123,231.24 today (as of 05/19/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,132.05% (something to think about: how might ADBE shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“History provides a crucial insight regarding market crises: they are inevitable, painful and ultimately surmountable.” — Shelby Davis