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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

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE: CMG)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 04/25/2011


End date: 04/22/2021
Start price/share: $272.65
End price/share: $1,480.00
Starting shares: 36.68
Ending shares: 36.68
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 442.82%
Average annual return: 18.43%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $54,277.18

The above analysis shows the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 18.43%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $54,277.18 today (as of 04/22/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 442.82% (something to think about: how might CMG shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” — Mark Twain