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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 2012.

Start date: 04/30/2012


End date: 04/27/2022
Start price/share: $414.15
End price/share: $1,475.63
Starting shares: 24.15
Ending shares: 24.15
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 256.30%
Average annual return: 13.55%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $35,622.15

The above analysis shows the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 13.55%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $35,622.15 today (as of 04/27/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 256.30% (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 piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” — Oscar Wilde