The Best and Worst Investments of 2013

By Ben Steverman - 2013-12-06T18:41:13Z

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A Year of Investing Extremes

It wasn't hard to make money in 2013, just as long as you were invested in U.S. stocks. Nine of every 10 stocks in the S&P 500 are set to end the year in positive territory.

Yet many other asset classes suffered. Just two in five U.S. bond funds broke even for investors. Emerging market equities still haven't recovered from a rough summer, and almost anything associated with gold lost money.

As the new year approaches, Bloomberg tallied the biggest winners and losers so far, from stocks and mutual funds to master-limited partnerships and IPOs. 

(Data compiled by Bloomberg from Dec. 31, 2012, to Dec. 2, 2013. Where applicable, assets were compared based on total return, which includes both price changes and dividend yields.)