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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a decade-long holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into Tesla Inc (NASD: TSLA) back in 2014: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full decade-long investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 01/13/2014


End date: 01/10/2024
Start price/share: $9.29
End price/share: $233.94
Starting shares: 1,076.43
Ending shares: 1,076.43
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 2,418.19%
Average annual return: 38.09%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $251,905.87

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 38.09%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $251,905.87 today (as of 01/10/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2,418.19% (something to think about: how might TSLA shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana