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What Putting $10,000 in These Assets Would Have Returned in 2018

A worker walks past rows of cannabis plants in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Photographer: Chris Roussakis/Bloomberg

In terms of losses, there have been worse years. But for sheer breadth of poor performers, 2018 is shaping up to be a woeful year for investors -- the worst ever by at least one measure.

Out of eight major asset classes tracked by Bloomberg, just two are on track to deliver positive total returns this year. Treasury bills top the list, which tells its own story, while emerging-market stocks fare worst.