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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

Such a great quote from Warren Buffett, highlighting the importance of investment time horizon when considering making an investment. In the short run, who knows what the stock market will do? A week or two after buying any given stock, could the entire stock market fall out of bed? Quite possibly! Should that happen, how would you react? It is an excellent question to think about before hitting the buy button.

For investors who take a multi-year time horizon, the important thing is not what happens in the next week or two, but what the result will be over the long haul. Today, we look at the result investors of the year 2013 experienced, who considered an investment in shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc (NASD: UAL) and decided upon a decade-long investment time horizon.

Start date: 08/26/2013


End date: 08/24/2023
Start price/share: $29.86
End price/share: $49.40
Starting shares: 334.90
Ending shares: 334.90
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 65.44%
Average annual return: 5.16%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $16,538.87

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 5.16%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $16,538.87 today (as of 08/24/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 65.44% (something to think about: how might UAL shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.” — Charlie Munger