The charts below show the returns on different types of asset classes from 1995 thru 2009:
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Some takeaways from the charts:
For four years since 2004, foreign stocks were the best performers.
In the 2008 credit crisis, foreign stocks were the worst performers with a loss of about 43%.
Last year they yielded the second best returns after U.S. mid-cap stocks.
Since 2003, international stocks have yielded double-digit returns each year except 2008.