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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 Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASD: AMD) 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: 04/17/2014


End date: 04/16/2024
Start price/share: $3.69
End price/share: $163.46
Starting shares: 2,710.03
Ending shares: 2,710.03
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 4,329.81%
Average annual return: 46.07%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $443,110.45

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 46.07%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $443,110.45 today (as of 04/16/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 4,329.81% (something to think about: how might AMD shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“In trading you have to be defensive and aggressive at the same time. If you are not aggressive, you are not going to make money, and if you are not defensive, you are not going to keep money.” — Ray Dalio