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Best Performing Real Assets

Following the end of Bretton Woods, the value of money fell and prices rose. But it was the prices of real, tangible assets which benefited the most during inflation, posting returns far in excess of conventional investments like stocks and bonds.

The 1970s Boom in Real Assets

(Performance of various investments, June 1970 – June 1980,
compound annual rates of return)

 
 

Return (%)

Rank

Oil

34.7

1

Gold

31.6

2

U.S. Coins

27.7

3

Silver

23.7

4

Stamps

21.8

5

Chinese Ceramics

21.6

6

Diamonds

15.3

7

U.S. Farmland

14.0

8

Old Masters

13.1

9

Housing

10.2

10

Consumer Price Index

7.7

11

Treasury Bills

7.7

12

Foreign Exchange

7.3

13

Bonds

6.6

14

Stocks

6.1

15

Source: Salomon Inc.

   
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