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The Fastest Rising Asset Classes in 2023

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Fastest Rising Asset Classes in 2023

The Fastest Rising Asset Classes in 2023

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Many corners of the market have shown resilience despite persistent inflation and slowing economic growth in 2023. U.S. equities, international equities, and a variety of bonds have seen positive returns so far this year.

In the above graphic, we rank the top-performing asset classes to date with data from BlackRock.

Asset Class Performance, Ranked

Here’s how select asset classes have performed in 2023 as of May 31:

Asset Type2023 Return (as of May 31)10-Year Annualized Return
U.S. Equities9.8%11.9%
Europe Equities9.0%5.3%
Japan Equities8.8%5.3%
Investment Grade Credit2.8%1.6%
High Yield Bonds2.6%3.0%
Cash1.9%0.9%
Emerging Market Debt1.8%1.9%
Emerging Market Equities1.2%2.3%
Developing Market Gov. Debt0.9%-0.5%
Infrastructure0.8%6.1%
REITs-0.6%4.3%
Commodities-6.7%0.0%
China Equities-9.0%2.1%

After a troublesome 2022 for markets, you can see above that U.S. equities have rebounded the fastest in 2023. They are sitting at 9.8% returns year-to-date.

However, this has largely been a story of a few outperformers buoying the overall market. Nvidia with 159% returns, along with Meta (120%), Apple (36%), and Microsoft (37%) are among the companies with strong growth. Many of these companies are investing billions in artificial intelligence.

European equities, at 9% returns, have also seen steady performance. Investors have flocked to the market, given the tilt to value stocks during rising rates.

Globally, bonds fall roughly in the middle of the pack, while commodities have fallen 6.7% on the year so far. China’s equity market has faced headwinds amid strained economic ties with the U.S. and economic data falling under expectations.

Bull Market On the Horizon?

Tech funds saw a record $8.5 billion in weekly inflows as of May 31, 2023 driven by AI enthusiasm.

As investors pour into these megacap stocks, S&P 500 returns have rebounded almost 20% from their October lows, moving closer into bull market territory.

As it stands, investor optimism has increased across the broader market. The investor fear gauge hovered near its lowest point since February 2020. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) sank to 15, a significant drop from its average reading of 23 over the past year.

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Mapped: The World’s Least Affordable Housing Markets in 2024

See which housing markets are considered ‘impossibly unaffordable’ according to their median price-to-income ratio.

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The World’s Least Affordable Housing Markets in 2024

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Many cities around the world have become very expensive to buy a home in, but which ones are the absolute most unattainable?

In this graphic, we highlight a number of housing markets that are deemed to be “impossibly unaffordable” in 2024, ranked by their median price-to-income ratio.

This data comes from the Demographia International Housing Affordability Report, which is produced by the Chapman University Center for Demographics and Policy.

Data and Key Takeaway

The median price-to-income ratio compares median house price to median household income within each market. A higher ratio (higher prices relative to incomes) means a city is less affordable.

See the following table for all of the data we used to create this graphic. Note that this analysis covers 94 markets across eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

RankMetropolitan MarketCountryMedian price-to-income
ratio
1Hong Kong (SAR)🇨🇳 China16.7
2Sydney🇦🇺 Australia13.8
3Vancouver🇨🇦 Canada12.3
4San Jose🇺🇸 U.S.11.9
5Los Angeles🇺🇸 U.S.10.9
6Honolulu🇺🇸 U.S.10.5
7Melbourne🇦🇺 Australia9.8
8San Francisco🇺🇸 U.S.9.7
9Adelaide🇦🇺 Australia9.7
10San Diego🇺🇸 U.S.9.5
11Toronto🇨🇦 Canada9.3
12Auckland🇳🇿 New Zealand8.2

According to the Demographia report, cities with a median price-to-income ratio of over 9.0 are considered “impossibly unaffordable”.

We can see that the top city in this ranking, Hong Kong, has a ratio of 16.7. This means that the median price of a home is 16.7 times greater than the median income.

Which Cities are More Affordable?

On the flipside, here are the top 12 most affordable cities that were analyzed in the Demographia report.

RankMetropolitan MarketCountryMedian price-to-income
ratio
1Pittsburgh🇺🇸 U.S.3.1
2Rochester🇺🇸 U.S.3.4
2St. Louis🇺🇸 U.S.3.4
4Cleveland🇺🇸 U.S.3.5
5Edmonton🇨🇦 Canada3.6
5Buffalo🇺🇸 U.S.3.6
5Detroit🇺🇸 U.S.3.6
5Oklahoma City🇺🇸 U.S.3.6
9Cincinnati🇺🇸 U.S.3.7
9Louisville🇺🇸 U.S.3.7
11Singapore🇸🇬 Singapore3.8
12Blackpool & Lancashire🇬🇧 U.K.3.9

Cities with a median price-to-income ratio of less than 3.0 are considered “affordable”, while those between 3.1 and 4.0 are considered “moderately unaffordable”.

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