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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 Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2013.

Start date: 09/30/2013


End date: 09/28/2023
Start price/share: $130.25
End price/share: $85.42
Starting shares: 76.78
Ending shares: 76.78
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: -34.42%
Average annual return: -4.13%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $6,558.84

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -4.13%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $6,558.84 today (as of 09/28/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -34.42% (something to think about: how might MHK shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.” — Carlos Slim