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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

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a ten year holding period for an investor who was considering Dollar Tree Inc (NASD: DLTR) back in 2013, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 02/13/2013


End date: 02/10/2023
Start price/share: $39.72
End price/share: $147.04
Starting shares: 251.76
Ending shares: 251.76
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 270.19%
Average annual return: 13.99%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $37,026.42

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 13.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $37,026.42 today (as of 02/10/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 270.19% (something to think about: how might DLTR shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” — Mark Twain