Gold destroys stocks and bonds over past 20 years!

Why gold should be the foundation of all investment portfolios.

If an investor made a single lump sum investment of $100,000 into the US Stock Market in March 2000 – their portfolio as at 31 March 2020 would be worth approximately $250,000 (1). This result assumes dividends were reinvested and no tax was payable.

Unfortunately for the stock investor, March 2000 was shortly before the Dot-com Crash. This early crash certainly hurt the overall performance of this asset class over a 20 year period, which averaged a mere 4.76% per annum.

A savvy investor might have noted that stock prices were high in 2000 and taken on a more conservative investment strategy by investing $100,000 in US Bonds. Assuming income was reinvested, over the past 20 years they would have turned their $100,000 into $270,000 (2).

This savvy investor took on far less investment risk and achieved a greater return – which in itself is an excellent result!

Or was it?

A third investor, both savvy and Financially Awakened was even more cautious and wanted to take on almost no investment risk whatsoever. This investor therefore invested their $100,000 entirely in gold.

Their March 2020 investment is now worth approximately $580,000 (3). More than twice that of the stock and bond investment portfolios.

The gold investor has achieved an average annual return of 9.24%.

The past 2 decades has been a bonanza for those cautious investors who focused their investment portfolios on gold. So the question remains –

Why doesn’t everyone build gold into their investment portfolios?

Plus a couple of other questions

Why don’t financial advisers and bankers recommend gold to their clients?

Why doesn’t mainstream media report on the out-performance of gold over other asset classes?

I would love to get your answers and comments.


Charts and data thanks to GOLDHUB and the World Gold Council.

1. MSCI USA Net Total Return USD Index 1971+
2. Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Total Return Value Unhedged USD 1976+
3. LBMA Gold Price PM USD 1971+

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  • All results are hypothetical
  • Past performance is not a guarantee of future returns and data and other errors may exist.
  • The entered time period is automatically adjusted based on the available return data for the specified assets
  • CAGR = Compound Annual Growth Rate
  • Stdev = Annualised standard deviation of monthly returns
  • Sharpe and Sortino ratios are calculated and annualised from monthly excess returns over risk free rate (1-month t-bills)
  • Stock market correlation is based on the correlation of monthly returns
  • Drawdowns are calculated based on monthly returns
  • The results use total return and assume that all dividends and distributions are reinvested. Taxes and transaction fees are not included

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2 replies

  1. If the paper markets can be broken, and we actually true markets based on supply and demand of the physical metals, then we may see some very impressive gains in the next few years.

    • Agreed Larry. In fact with hundreds of billions being printed daily by countries around the world, the only direction gold is going to go is up. Unfortunately, so too is everything else. Thanks for your comment. GOLDSMITH.

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