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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Akamai Technologies Inc (NASD: AKAM)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2018.

Start date: 10/19/2018


End date: 10/18/2023
Start price/share: $64.24
End price/share: $107.11
Starting shares: 155.67
Ending shares: 155.67
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 66.73%
Average annual return: 10.77%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $16,676.73

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.77%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $16,676.73 today (as of 10/18/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 66.73% (something to think about: how might AKAM shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“There’s a virtuous cycle when people have to defend challenges to their ideas. Any gaps in thinking or analysis become clear pretty quickly when smart people ask good, logical questions.” — Joel Greenblatt