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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

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a five year holding period for an investor who was considering United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI) back in 2017, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 10/19/2017


End date: 10/18/2022
Start price/share: $144.40
End price/share: $295.37
Starting shares: 69.25
Ending shares: 69.25
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 104.55%
Average annual return: 15.39%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $20,456.95

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 15.39%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $20,456.95 today (as of 10/18/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 104.55% (something to think about: how might URI shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“This company looks cheap, that company looks cheap, but the overall economy could completely screw it up. The key is to wait. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing.” — David Tepper