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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 wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?

A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a decade-long holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASD: AMD) back in 2013. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:

Start date: 01/07/2013


End date: 01/05/2023
Start price/share: $2.67
End price/share: $62.33
Starting shares: 3,745.32
Ending shares: 3,745.32
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 2,234.46%
Average annual return: 37.03%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $233,429.95

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 37.03%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $233,429.95 today (as of 01/05/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2,234.46% (something to think about: how might AMD 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:
“The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.” — John Rockefeller