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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

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a five year holding period for an investor who was considering Adobe Inc (NASD: ADBE) back in 2018, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 10/23/2018


End date: 10/20/2023
Start price/share: $251.76
End price/share: $540.96
Starting shares: 39.72
Ending shares: 39.72
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 114.87%
Average annual return: 16.55%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,488.05

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.55%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $21,488.05 today (as of 10/20/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 114.87% (something to think about: how might ADBE 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:
“The most important thing about an investment philosophy is that you have one.” — David Booth