Long-Term Investment Performance

Measuring Long-Term Market Performance

Basic statistical analysis of historical asset returns can reveal the growth rate of wealth invested in an asset class or portfolio and the riskiness or volatility of asset classes.

Compound Annual Return

The compound annual return is measured by geometric mean. It measures the average performance of an asset or portfolio over a given time period. In other words, it is a backward-looking statistic that determines the change in wealth over more than one period.

Arithmetic Mean

The arithmetic mean is just the simple average of returns. This measure of average better represents typical performance over single periods.


Risk is measured by standard deviation. It measures the fluctuation of returns around the arithmetic average return of the investment. The higher the standard deviation, the greater the variability (and thus risk) of the investment returns.

Types of Asset Classes

  • Large Stocks
  • Small Stocks
  • International Stocks
  • Government Bonds
  • Corporate Bonds
  • Municipal Bonds
  • High-yield Bonds
  • International Bonds
Cash Equivalents
  • Money Market Funds
  • Treasury Bills
  • Certificates of Deposit
Hard Assets
  • Real Estate
  • Commodities
  • Gold
Long Term Investment Performance
Long Term Investment Performance
Long Term Investment Performance
Long Term Investment Performance
Long Term Investment Performance

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Above information is for illustrative purposes only and has been obtained from reliable sources but no guarantee is made with regard to accuracy or completeness. It is not an offer to sell or solicitation to buy any security. The specific securities used are for illustrative purposes only and not a recommendation or solicitation to purchase or sell any individual security.

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Charts and references to returns do not represent the performance achieved by Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC, or any of its clients.

Asset allocation and diversification do not assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.

All investment strategies have the potential for profit or loss. There can be no assurances that an investor’s portfolio will match or outperform any particular benchmark. Past performance does not guarantee future investment success.