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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Fiserv Inc (NASD: FISV)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2018.

Start date: 01/10/2018


End date: 01/09/2023
Start price/share: $68.51
End price/share: $102.07
Starting shares: 145.96
Ending shares: 145.96
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 48.99%
Average annual return: 8.30%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $14,898.49

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 8.30%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $14,898.49 today (as of 01/09/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 48.99% (something to think about: how might FISV shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“If I’ve learned one thing in this life it’s this: even if you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” — Daymond John