The bull market of the last decade saw record-setting economic growth.
Top performing investments across asset classes delivered incredible ROIs.
An entirely new asset class made its debut at the beginning of the last decade. Its top performer led all securities as the best investment of the 2010s.
The 2010s will go down in history as the decade of the longest-ever bull market. What a relief for investors after the bear market of the preceding ten years, which made the 2000s the worst decade for the stock market since the 1930s.
The S&P 500 index (SPX) richly rewarded investors over the last decade. The equities benchmark did so well that the 2010s produced this astonishing headline from Business Insider (May 2019): “Even Warren Buffett can’t beat the stock market.”
The average closing level for the S&P 500 in Jan 2010 was 1,123.58. With just two trading days left in the decade, the average close was 3,159.85 for Dec 2019. Using these figures to calculate ROI, that represents a 181% return over the last decade.
But stocks weren’t the biggest profit winners. What makes the 2010s all the more remarkable was the emergence of a new asset class entirely, one made possible by the Internet — cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, the top performing crypto, delivered the highest returns of any investment in any asset class over the last ten years.
Below are the top performing securities in each of three asset classes for the last decade, ranked by ROI in descending order: Cryptocurrency, S&P 500 stocks, and Commodities.