Stocks vs. bonds vs. T-bills vs. gold
Average annual return 1968-2017Value of $100 invested over 50 years
S&P 500 (including dividends)10.05%$10,913
10-year government Treasury bonds6.76%$2,467
3-month Treasury bills4.77%$981
Gold7.35%$3,231
Sources: Data from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Aswath Damodaran, Stern School of Business at New York University.