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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 PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2018.

Start date: 01/04/2018


End date: 01/03/2023
Start price/share: $43.52
End price/share: $15.68
Starting shares: 229.78
Ending shares: 229.78
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -63.97%
Average annual return: -18.47%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $3,602.36

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -18.47%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $3,602.36 today (as of 01/03/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -63.97% (something to think about: how might PCG shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.” — Peter Lynch