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“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 07/12/2017


End date: 07/11/2022
Start price/share: $247.86
End price/share: $120.40
Starting shares: 40.35
Ending shares: 40.35
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -51.42%
Average annual return: -13.45%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $4,856.63

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -13.45%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $4,856.63 today (as of 07/11/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -51.42% (something to think about: how might MHK shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.” — Albert Einstein