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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— 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 twenty year holding period for an investor who was considering Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) back in 2004, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 01/30/2004


End date: 01/29/2024
Start price/share: $10.00
End price/share: $436.41
Starting shares: 1,000.00
Ending shares: 1,000.00
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 4,264.10%
Average annual return: 20.77%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $436,595.75

As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.77%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $436,595.75 today (as of 01/29/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 4,264.10% (something to think about: how might TYL shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” — John Maynard Keynes