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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a decade-long period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2012, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Meta Platforms Inc (NASD: META), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a decade-long holding period.

Start date: 10/31/2012


End date: 10/28/2022
Start price/share: $21.11
End price/share: $99.20
Starting shares: 473.71
Ending shares: 473.71
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 369.92%
Average annual return: 16.74%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $46,990.79

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.74%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $46,990.79 today (as of 10/28/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 369.92% (something to think about: how might META shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.” — Charlie Munger