Thursday, August 9, 2012

Has Any Asset Ever Had a Longer Streak of Positive Annual Returns Than Gold?

This year, gold bears' favorite statistic is that gold has been up 11 years in a row, but no asset class has ever been up 12 in a row.  How does that compare to the longest winning streaks for other assets?

Below is a chart of the longest winning streaks for gold, housing, bonds and equities as well as some individual stocks.  While gold is currently tied with housing for the most consecutive years of positive returns, neither asset class can beat the string of returns put together by MSFT, KO or WMT, which posted positive returns for 14, 16 and 17 years respectively.  A shareholder of Walmart didn't see a negative annual return between 1977 and 1993!

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