What the big picture shows us about UK shares

Today’s 24-hour news cycle makes it all too easy for investors to get side-tracked and bogged down by day-to-day events, so it’s worth stepping back to look at the big picture.

The annual Barclays Equity Gilt Study is one of the biggest pictures there is: it covers the performance of UK shares going back to the end of 1899.

It confirms that equities do better over the long run than gilts or cash: since 1899, they have returned 5.1% a year after inflation, compared to 1.2% for gilts and 0.8% for cash. Over 50 years and 20 [...]

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