Historical Returns on Key Investment Categories

Virtually all investment products fluctuate from year to year. Longer-term stocks have enjoyed a performance edge, outperforming bonds by a margin of almost 2 to 1 since 1926. But there is a tradeoff: Stocks' performance edge has come with more uncertainty and bumps in the road. But bonds—even U.S. Treasury bills—can have their ups and downs, too.

Price Fluctuation Varies by Investment Type

Price Fluctuation Varies by Investment Type