In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Brendan Mathews take a question from a reader who writes:
I want to invest $25,000 now for the long term for my grandchildrens' education. I'd like to invest in 5 stocks. Any recommendations as to what would be the 5 best stocks for the long term?
Brendan thinks Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) would be a great company to start with: It's a solid long-term bet, especially at 1.4 times book value. He also likes Markel (NYSE:MKL), often called a "mini-Berkshire" because it's branching out from insurance into ownership of operating businesses. Jason likes Under Amour (NYSE:UA) because it's a fierce competitor in the athletic-apparel space with huge and growing brand strength, making it a great play on growing consumer wealth. He's also bullish on Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) because of its savvy management and room to open more stores. Speaking of new stores, Brendan is a fan of CarMax (NYSE:KMX), which he believes could significantly enlarge its footprint.
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Brendan Mathews owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, CarMax, and Markel. Jason Moser owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Markel, and Under Armour. The Motley Fool recommends Berkshire Hathaway, CarMax, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Markel, and Under Armour. The Motley Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, CarMax, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Markel, and Under Armour. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.