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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 decade-long 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 decade-long investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 07/30/2012


End date: 07/27/2022
Start price/share: $291.13
End price/share: $1,510.00
Starting shares: 34.35
Ending shares: 34.35
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 418.67%
Average annual return: 17.90%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $51,873.09

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 17.90%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $51,873.09 today (as of 07/27/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 418.67% (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:
“One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.” — William Feather