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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a five year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASD: ORLY) back in 2017: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full five year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 5 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 09/22/2017


End date: 09/21/2022
Start price/share: $209.59
End price/share: $695.43
Starting shares: 47.71
Ending shares: 47.71
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 231.80%
Average annual return: 27.11%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $33,181.70

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 27.11%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $33,181.70 today (as of 09/21/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 231.80% (something to think about: how might ORLY 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:
“In trading you have to be defensive and aggressive at the same time. If you are not aggressive, you are not going to make money, and if you are not defensive, you are not going to keep money.” — Ray Dalio