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How Has Gold Stacked Up Versus Other Assets Over the Past 80 Years?

We came across a great chart today on, which provides the annual returns and volatility of gold versus other asset classes over the past 80+ years. The mainstream media is typically not a proponent of gold, oftentimes citing extreme volatility as one of the downside risks of investing in gold, but as we can see from the graph, the downside risk of stocks historically has been twice as volatile as gold. The upside potential of gold has also proven to exceed the returns of the other three major asset classes highlighted in the chart.

While there is clearly risk associated with most, if not all investments, this chart may help to dispel the myth that gold is an extremely risky asset class. While there are many different ways to invest in gold, including mutual funds, ETF’s, gold mining stocks, etc., we recommend investing in physical gold bullion in the form of coins, bars and rounds. Not only do we recommend investing in gold bullion, but to also take physical delivery or possession of your items.

If this chart has convinced you to invest in gold coins, bars, or rounds, we recommend that you click this link and read the five attributes that define successful gold and silver coin buyers. This should help you to avoid many of the common pitfalls that plague gold and silver coin investors.

Tony Davis
Tony Davis
Tony Davis is the owner of Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, a full service Atlanta based coin and bullion dealer specializing in buying, selling and appraising coins and coin collections of all types and sizes. Tony frequently writes on various economic and numismatic related topics affecting the coin and bullion markets and has been published on some of the industry’s leading websites, including Coin Week, the American Numismatic Association, Coin Collector, Coinflation, and Coin Auctions Help, just to name a few. Visit Atlanta Gold & Coin’s website at to obtain additional information on the products, services and educational resources offered by his company. Tony can be reached at or at 404-236-9744
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