“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— 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 two-decade holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Amazon.com Inc (NASD: AMZN) back in 2003. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||24.10%|
The above analysis shows the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 24.10%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $752,425.08 today (as of 04/27/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 7,421.92% (something to think about: how might AMZN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” — Warren Buffett