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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a five year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE: RTX) back in 2018: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full five year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 5 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 04/20/2018


End date: 04/19/2023
Start price/share: $77.46
End price/share: $104.09
Starting shares: 129.10
Ending shares: 145.57
Dividends reinvested/share: $9.80
Total return: 51.52%
Average annual return: 8.67%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $15,154.73

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 8.67%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $15,154.73 today (as of 04/19/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 51.52% (something to think about: how might RTX shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Raytheon Technologies Corp paid investors a total of $9.80/share in dividends over the 5 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 2.2/share, we calculate that RTX has a current yield of approximately 2.11%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.2 against the original $77.46/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.72%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Nearly every time I strayed from the herd, I’ve made a lot of money. Wandering away from the action is the way to find the new action.” — Jim Rogers