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40 Years of Asset Class Rankings Infographic


Hats off to Norbert Schlenker of Libra Investment Management who has compiled and updates a spreadsheet of various asset class returns on his website. I’ve taken the nominal returns and put them into an infographic separated into decades (70′s, 80′s, 90′, 00′s). Use the infographic anyway you like. I find it fun to pick an asset class from the legend and then trace how it has done year over year. You will find that you cannot predict the next year’s winners and this certainly builds a case for diversifying across asset classes. Data sources listed at bottom of the infographic, and click here for the original spreadsheet from Norbert’s site.

Click on the image below to expand. Enjoy!

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Preet Banerjee is a Canadian personal finance commentator. He is a television host for The Oprah Winfrey Network, a Money Expert for The W Network, a personal finance columnist for The Globe and Mail, and a regular panellist on CBC's The National with Peter Mansbridge. He also appears frequently as a guest commentator on a variety of other programs and media.


  1. Zahid Jafry says:

    This is such an excellent illustration. Amazing… Thanks, Preet.

  2. Stephen says:

    Very interesting. That is a perfect visual explanation of the importance of diversifying your portfolio.

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