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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

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 decade-long holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASD: ISRG) back in 2013: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full decade-long investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 07/22/2013


End date: 07/19/2023
Start price/share: $43.99
End price/share: $349.70
Starting shares: 227.32
Ending shares: 227.32
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 694.95%
Average annual return: 23.04%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $79,472.44

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 23.04%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $79,472.44 today (as of 07/19/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 694.95% (something to think about: how might ISRG shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“You can’t restate a dividend.” — Malon Wilkus