Total Return by Asset Class

Which asset class has been the place to be so far in 2023?

Today’s chart answers that question by presenting the inflation-adjusted total return for five asset classes.

Today’s chart illustrates that stocks have significantly outperformed other asset classes since 2010 (gray columns).

As for 2023… stocks are the only asset class in positive territory¬†(blue¬†columns).

Real Total Return by Asset Class

What are the major asset classes?

Equities (stocks), fixed income (bonds), cash equivalents, real estate, and commodities.

What is the largest asset class?

Real estate is the largest asset class with an estimated global value of over $200 trillion.

What are TIPS?

TIPS stands for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. They are a U.S. government Treasury bond that are tied to the consumer price index to protect against inflation.

What is an asset class?

An asset class is a group of investments that have similar characteristics.