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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— Warren Buffett

Such a great quote from Warren Buffett, highlighting the importance of investment time horizon when considering making an investment. In the short run, who knows what the stock market will do? A week or two after buying any given stock, could the entire stock market fall out of bed? Quite possibly! Should that happen, how would you react? It is an excellent question to think about before hitting the buy button.

For investors who take a multi-year time horizon, the important thing is not what happens in the next week or two, but what the result will be over the long haul. Today, we look at the result investors of the year 2002 experienced, who considered an investment in shares of Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE: BSX) and decided upon a two-decade investment time horizon.

Start date: 09/19/2002


End date: 09/16/2022
Start price/share: $14.53
End price/share: $41.70
Starting shares: 688.23
Ending shares: 688.23
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 186.99%
Average annual return: 5.41%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $28,692.05

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 5.41%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $28,692.05 today (as of 09/16/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 186.99% (something to think about: how might BSX shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“The idea that a bell rings to signal when to get into or out of the stock market is simply not credible. After nearly fifty years in this business, I don’t know anybody who has done it successfully and consistently.” — Jack Bogle