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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 ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 07/30/2012


End date: 07/28/2022
Start price/share: $17.24
End price/share: $107.29
Starting shares: 580.05
Ending shares: 580.05
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 522.33%
Average annual return: 20.06%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $62,227.65

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.06%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $62,227.65 today (as of 07/28/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 522.33% (something to think about: how might EW shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“All intelligent investing is value investing: acquiring more that you are paying for. You must value the business in order to value the stock.” — Charlie Munger