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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 Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 09/12/2017


End date: 09/09/2022
Start price/share: $225.95
End price/share: $340.10
Starting shares: 44.26
Ending shares: 48.82
Dividends reinvested/share: $26.05
Total return: 66.03%
Average annual return: 10.68%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $16,599.85

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.68%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $16,599.85 today (as of 09/09/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 66.03% (something to think about: how might GS shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Goldman Sachs Group Inc paid investors a total of $26.05/share in dividends over the 5 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 10/share, we calculate that GS has a current yield of approximately 2.94%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 10 against the original $225.95/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.30%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett