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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into First Solar Inc (NASD: FSLR)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2019.

Start date: 05/10/2019


End date: 05/09/2024
Start price/share: $59.99
End price/share: $193.61
Starting shares: 166.69
Ending shares: 166.69
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 222.74%
Average annual return: 26.39%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $32,273.22

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 26.39%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $32,273.22 today (as of 05/09/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 222.74% (something to think about: how might FSLR shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” — Woody Allen