How Every Asset Class, Currency, And S&P 500 Sector Performed In 2020

Major Asset Class Returns in 2020

Corresponding assets in the graphic top to bottom were measured using: XAGUSD, XAUUSD, Russell 2000, S&P 500, MSCI EM, Bloomberg Barclays Corporate Bonds Index, MSCI EAFE, iShares Trust US Treasury Bond ETF, S&P/TSX Composite, S&P GSCI, DXY, Dow Jones Real Estate Index, WTI U.S. Oil.

How Every Market Performed in 2020

It has been a volatile year for financial markets and their participants, with some of the largest price fluctuations imaginable across just about every single asset. Despite the volatility, the combination of the Federal Reserve’s early stimulus interventions and positive vaccine news has rewarded dip-buyers and strong hands.

Along with visualizing the returns across asset classes, currencies, and S&P 500 sectors, we’ve included their maximum drawdown for the year — the drop from the 2020 open to the 2020 lows — along with the recovery from 2020 lows to the closing price. This helps visualize 2020’s most resilient assets, along with the strength of their recovery.

Markets Roundup for 2020

Of all the major asset classes, precious metals provided the best returns last year.

  • Gold finished the year up 24.6%, but down from its all-time highs of $2,075/oz achieved on August 7.
  • Gold was also a resilient asset. Thanks to its strong start in January (4.8%), when March came around gold held up and only fell 4.4% below the yearly open.
  • Silver’s performance over the year was also sterling, offering investors 47.4% returns despite a -34.7% pullback in March.

Here’s a look at how all major asset classes performed over the course of the year:

Asset Class 2020 Return Asset Type
Silver 47.4% Precious Metal
Gold 24.6% Precious Metal
U.S. Small Caps 18.5% Equities
U.S. Stocks 15.5% Equities
Emerging Markets 14.6% Equities
U.S. Corporate Bonds 9.7% Bonds
Europe, Australia, Far East 5.1% Equities
U.S. Treasuries 3.6% Bonds
Canadian Stocks 2.8% Equities
Commodities -6.6% Commodity
U.S. Dollar -6.8% Currency
U.S. Real Estate -8.4% Real Estate
Crude Oil -21.5% Commodity
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