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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into United Airlines Holdings Inc (NASD: UAL)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 12/20/2012


End date: 12/19/2022
Start price/share: $24.11
End price/share: $37.98
Starting shares: 414.77
Ending shares: 414.77
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 57.53%
Average annual return: 4.65%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $15,756.02

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 4.65%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $15,756.02 today (as of 12/19/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 57.53% (something to think about: how might UAL shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it’s doing.” — Peter Lynch