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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

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 five year holding period for an investor who was considering Waters Corp. (NYSE: WAT) back in 2017, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 05/04/2017


End date: 05/03/2022
Start price/share: $173.70
End price/share: $326.93
Starting shares: 57.57
Ending shares: 57.57
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 88.22%
Average annual return: 13.48%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $18,819.00

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 13.48%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $18,819.00 today (as of 05/03/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 88.22% (something to think about: how might WAT shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“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