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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Tesla Inc (NASD: TSLA)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 05/30/2017


End date: 05/26/2022
Start price/share: $67.02
End price/share: $707.73
Starting shares: 149.21
Ending shares: 149.21
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 956.00%
Average annual return: 60.35%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $105,598.88

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 60.35%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $105,598.88 today (as of 05/26/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 956.00% (something to think about: how might TSLA 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:
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” — Oscar Wilde