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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

The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2018, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Autodesk Inc (NASD: ADSK), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 08/14/2018


End date: 08/11/2023
Start price/share: $134.00
End price/share: $207.96
Starting shares: 74.63
Ending shares: 74.63
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 55.19%
Average annual return: 9.20%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $15,520.43

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 9.20%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $15,520.43 today (as of 08/11/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 55.19% (something to think about: how might ADSK shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Another great investment quote to think about:
“Waiting helps you as an investor and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait. If you didn’t get the deferred-gratification gene, you’ve got to work very hard to overcome that.” — Charlie Munger