“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
This inspiring quote from Warren Buffett teaches us the importance of considering our investment time horizon when approaching any given investment: Could we envision ourselves holding the stock we are considering for many years? Even a five year holding period potentially?
For “buyandhold” investors taking a longterm view, what’s important isn’t the shortterm stock market fluctuations that will inevitably occur, but what happens over the long haul. Looking back 5 years to 2019, investors considering an investment into shares of RTX Corp (NYSE: RTX) may have been pondering this very question and thinking about their potential investment result over a full five year time horizon. Here’s how that would have worked out.
Start date:  08/22/2019 


End date:  08/21/2024  
Start price/share:  $80.53  
End price/share:  $117.26  
Starting shares:  124.18  
Ending shares:  140.66  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $10.69  
Total return:  64.93%  
Average annual return:  10.52%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $16,493.90 
As shown above, the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.52%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $16,493.90 today (as of 08/21/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 64.93% (something to think about: how might RTX shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that RTX Corp paid investors a total of $10.69/share in dividends over the 5 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 2.52/share, we calculate that RTX has a current yield of approximately 2.15%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.52 against the original $80.53/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.67%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” — John Maynard Keynes