A Decade of Stock Returns: Chart of the Week

A Decade of Stock Returns: Chart of the Week

Topic: Gold
Publication Type: Investment Cases
A Decade of Stock Returns: Chart of the Week

A Case for Diversification?

Stock market returns come in all shapes and size—how exactly does 2019’s 30% gain measure up? Breaking down a decade of S&P 500 stocks illustrates how lumpy equity returns can be, and the folly to simply trying pick winners.  Just as important as the actual returns is how they are distributed, and this chart serves as a powerful visualization of how the risks we take are always changing.  In an ever-fluid environment, diversifying with non-correlating assets such as gold may help manage the tail-end risks of equity markets.

Ryan is Director of Research at GraniteShares, and has focused his career on spanning the divide between traditional active management and indexed strategies. He has worked as an analyst at a number of hedge funds, including Tudor Investment Corporation, before developing first to market, scalable strategies utilizing the ETF wrapper. He graduated from Boston College in the Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy. He earned his CFA charter in 2019.

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