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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 Salesforce Inc (NYSE: CRM)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 07/11/2012


End date: 07/08/2022
Start price/share: $31.73
End price/share: $175.50
Starting shares: 315.16
Ending shares: 315.16
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 453.10%
Average annual return: 18.66%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $55,314.61

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 18.66%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $55,314.61 today (as of 07/08/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 453.10% (something to think about: how might CRM shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Sentimentality about an investments leads to lack of discipline.” — Sam Zell