Buy Corn! Sell Greece! The Best and Worst Investments of the Last 5 Depressing Years

More
Congratulations, world. It's been five years since the credit crunch began, and the global economy began to gradually -- and then all at once! -- implode. The good news is we avoided the abyss. The bad news is we didn't avoid a lost half decade. 

It's been a particularly bad time for equity investors. Stocks will hopefully be better in the long run, but the medium run has been pretty miserable -- in the United States, China, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and especially in Greece. The chart below from James Mackintosh of The Financial Times shows us just how miserable, comparing the best and worst-performing assets since BNP Paribas unofficially inaugurated the credit crisis.

Best:WorstAssets.png

If you're looking for a good return on your money, you could have done a lot worse than piling into bonds and commodities. The former have risen in value as interest rates have dropped to historic lows, while the latter have surged due to emerging market growth and supply shocks. That's why we shouldn't read too much into corn's top performance -- our recent record-setting drought has sent their prices skyrocketing recently.

Hopefully we don't start seeing cash for corn shops springing up anytime soon.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Matthew O'Brien

Matthew O'Brien is a former senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Did I Study Physics?

In this hand-drawn animation, a college graduate explains why she chose her major—and what it taught her about herself.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Video

How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?

How new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital

Video

The Place Where Silent Movies Sing

How an antique, wind-powered pipe organ brings films to life

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Business

Just In