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

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a two-decade holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASD: AMD) back in 2004, holding through to today.

Start date: 03/29/2004


End date: 03/27/2024
Start price/share: $15.73
End price/share: $179.59
Starting shares: 635.73
Ending shares: 635.73
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 1,041.70%
Average annual return: 12.94%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $114,089.39

The above analysis shows the two-decade investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 12.94%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $114,089.39 today (as of 03/27/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,041.70% (something to think about: how might AMD shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.” — Peter Lynch