“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— Warren Buffett
A critical pearl of wisdom from Warren Buffett teaches us that with any potential stock investment we may make, as soon as our buy order is filled we will have a choice: to remain a co-owner of that company for the long haul, or to react to the inevitable short-term ups and downs that the stock market is famous for (sometimes sharp ups and downs).
The reality of this choice forces us to challenge our confidence in any given company we might invest into, and keep our eyes on the long-term time horizon. The market may go up and down the interim, but over a twenty year holding period, will the investment succeed?
Back in 2003, investors may have been asking themselves that very question about Netflix Inc (NASD: NFLX). Let’s examine what would have happened over a twenty year holding period, had you invested in NFLX shares back in 2003 and held on.
|Average annual return:||31.59%|
As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 31.59%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $2,430,884.31 today (as of 08/10/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 24,192.66% (something to think about: how might NFLX shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“When the public is most frightened, only the strong are left, and that’s when the market is in the best possible hands.” — Victor Niederhoffer