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Picking the best performing asset class

Written and accurate as at: Aug 26, 2021 Current Stats & Facts

Picking winners is harder than you think When deciding where to invest, it’s important to understand that the best and worst-performing asset classes will often vary year to year. Having a diversified mix of investments across multiple asset classes can help smooth out returns over time. The table below shows the performance of various asset classes over the past 30 years.

It reinforces the importance of sticking to an investment strategy and focusing on the long term. For example, Australian listed property was the worst-performing asset class in the 2020 financial year. However, over the 2021 financial year, Australian listed property recovered and become one of the strongest performing asset classes. This demonstrates the danger in trying to pick a winner as things can change quickly from one year to the next.

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