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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 Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 06/09/2017


End date: 06/08/2022
Start price/share: $48.13
End price/share: $100.76
Starting shares: 207.77
Ending shares: 207.77
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 109.35%
Average annual return: 15.92%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $20,931.09

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 15.92%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $20,931.09 today (as of 06/08/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 109.35% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“Value investing means really asking what are the best values, and not assuming that because something looks expensive that it is, or assuming that because a stock is down in price and trades at low multiples that it is a bargain.” — Bill Miller