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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 ten year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2013, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Live Nation Entertainment Inc (NYSE: LYV), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a ten year holding period.

Start date: 01/30/2013


End date: 01/27/2023
Start price/share: $10.15
End price/share: $80.36
Starting shares: 985.22
Ending shares: 985.22
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 691.72%
Average annual return: 22.99%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $79,150.16

The above analysis shows the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 22.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $79,150.16 today (as of 01/27/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 691.72% (something to think about: how might LYV 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:
“There’s a virtuous cycle when people have to defend challenges to their ideas. Any gaps in thinking or analysis become clear pretty quickly when smart people ask good, logical questions.” — Joel Greenblatt