Marketwatch recently published an article discussing a research report titled "Historical Returns of the Market Portfolio,” which looked at the performance of worldwide financial assets for the modern era, from 1960 to 2015.
During that time period, real-estate investment companies and trusts beat inflation by an average of 6.43% a year, compared to 5.45% a year for global stocks. Over an investment period of, say, 20 years, that gap would be enough to raise your total returns by a third.
Researchers also found that real estate beat stocks during recessions and economic expansions and during periods of rising inflation and falling inflation.
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