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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: 12/27/2011


End date: 12/23/2021
Start price/share: $339.00
End price/share: $1,748.67
Starting shares: 29.50
Ending shares: 29.50
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 415.83%
Average annual return: 17.83%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $51,566.01

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 17.83%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $51,566.01 today (as of 12/23/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 415.83% (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.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“There’s a virtuous cycle when people have to defend challenges to their ideas. Any gaps in thinking or analysis become clear pretty quickly when smart people ask good, logical questions.” — Joel Greenblatt