Is The Ideal Holding Period Of An Investment Really Forever?

One of Warren Buffett’s most famous quotes is that his favourite holding period is ‘forever’. Clearly, this has been a hugely successful viewpoint for him to take in his own investment career. After all, Buffett is consistently one of the richest people in the world. However, with increased speed of communications today and the rising popularity of trading versus investing, is holding shares for the long term still the most optimum strategy?

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This article has 7 Comments

  1. Durell

    Monday morning quarterbacking but buy-and-hold investing is the only sure way of a prudent investment strategy.

  2. Nathan

    Long terming it against Indexes is a couch potato way of success.

  3. Reed H

    Buffet is a smart man. Most people tend to panic on first sign of a downturn and sell too soon.

    I am one of them i am afraid to say. I've learned from my mistake.

  4. Darion T

    I am still lost as to the big deal of holding "forever". Wouldn't that mean I can never profit?

  5. Linden

    Don't forget to rebalance your holdings since you can't just simply hold forever without readjusting their % weighting.

  6. Mohammad Bunnel

    Although i agree to hold for long-term one has to still be vigilant in their research to know when its time to sell.

  7. Kareem S.

    But what are the best picks when going this route?

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