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If a family member had invested $2,000 when you were born, how much do you think you'd have today?

With the help of Tenpao Lee, professor of economics at Niagara University, MoneyWise has calculated the current value of hypothetical $2,000 investments in stocks, gold, bonds and savings made in each of the last 50 years.

Our results for stocks are based on returns for the S&P 500; it would be similar to investing in one of the popular S&P 500 index funds recommended by today's automated investment services, such as Wealthsimple.

Gold results are based on IBA year-end prices; for bonds we used average annual returns for 10-year Treasuries. Savings results are based on average yields for 6-month CDs, since historical data on savings account rates was unavailable. We did not adjust for inflation or account for investing fees.

See how a relatively modest investment made during the year you were born would have grown, and see which type of investment would have given the best returns.

1968

Villajoyosa, Spain - May 28, 2017: Renault Caravelle or Renault Floride car on the tropical beach.
Alex Tihonovs / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $52,390 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $62,560 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $40,720 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $25,310 today.

1969

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1969: mail stamp featuring Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, circa 1969
Steve Mann / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $61,240 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $46,200 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $37,750 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $23,200 today.

1970

Four young adult hippie friends standing in the middle of a road
GiorgioMagini / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $61,960 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $70,250 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $35,450 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $21,940 today.

1971

computer punchcard circa 1970s, used for data entry on early mainframe computers
Graeme Dawes / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $56,260 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $60,360 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $33,470 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $20,940 today.

1972

Portrait of woman with big hair wearing 1970s style clothing
Bart Sadowski / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $47,490 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $40,580 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $31,460 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $19,800 today.

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1973

'Sorry NO GAS TODAY' sign at an Oregon Gas Station in October 1973.
Everett Historical / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $58,870 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $23,390 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $29,430 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $18,260 today.

1974

Bangkok, Thailand - July 19, 2018: Man wearing casual clothes collect Rubik's Cube. Rubik's cube invented by a Hungarian architect Erno Rubik in 1974.
thebigland / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $83,190 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $14,000 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $27,400 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $16,780 today.

1975

A vintage cassette tape from the 1980s era (obsolete music technology) with the text 1975 printed over it, stencil font. Color: cream, sand. White background.
Grenar / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $62,900 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $18,720 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $25,430 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $15,840 today.

1976

1976 US Quarter.  .25 cent piece from the year 1976 representing the Bicentennial of the USA - 1776 - 1976. Minted for one year these quarters are now collector items.
mikeledray / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $53,290 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $19,510 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $23,810 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $15,130 today.

1977

London, England - June 15, 2017: Saturday Night Fever Official Authorized Scrapbook from the film launched in 1977, Starring John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney
Lenscap Photography / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $59,470 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $15,860 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $22,090 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $14,130 today.

1978

Instagram style image of a vintage american car
Willrow Hood / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $58,050 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $11,700 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $20,240 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $12,680 today.

1979

LAS VEGAS – JUNE22, 1979: Hilton Hotel and Liberace show logo in Las Vegas Boulevard. Vintage picture taken in 1979.
claudio zaccherini / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $51,760 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $5,010 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $18,340 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $11,190 today.

1980

Cisternino, Italy - January 4, 2016: Aged Apple computer and hand insert floppy inside
Angelo D'Amico / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $41,800 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $4,450 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $16,310 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $9,670 today.

1981

TORONTO - AUGUST 27: The MTV sign outside the network offices. MTV  launched on August 1, 1981.
ValeStock / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $45,070 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,560 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $14,310 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $8,520 today.

1982

LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1982: A neon sign for a movie theatre in Los Angeles, California
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $40,030 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $5,860 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $12,970 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $7,840 today.

1983

Washington DC. USA,  15th December, 1983President Ronald Reagan waves good bye on the driveway.
mark reinstein / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $33,940 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,880 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $11,600 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $7,150 today.

1984

Woman in 1980's fashion on a white background
TierneyMJ / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $33,920 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $8,500 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $10,400 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $6,580 today.

1985

Joystick of a vintage arcade videogame - Coin-Op
Giuseppe Cammino / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $26,920 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $8,030 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $9,540 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $6,110 today.

1986

Vintage wall full of radio boombox of the 80s
nehophoto / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $22,440 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,720 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $8,900 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $5,760 today.

1987

vintage mobile phone with blank paper note and cup of coffee (vintage style)
Thawornnurak / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $23,150 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $5,400 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $8,170 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $5,390 today.

1988

Space shuttle taking off on a mission. Spaceship flying in the sky
Alones / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $20,180 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,400 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $7,490 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $4,920 today.

1989

Washington DC., USA, 1989President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush stand at the South Portico of the White House awaiting the arrival of Diplomatic guest.
mark reinstein / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $16,006 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,550 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $6,940 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $4,550 today.

1990

SPRINGFIELD, OR - NOVEMBER 9, 2016: Mural from the popular animated tv show the Simpsons in Springfield Oregon.
Joshua Rainey Photography / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $16,970 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,720 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $6,420 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $4,240 today.

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1991

Rows of music cds with speakers
Carlos andre Santos / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $14,360 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $7,430 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $6,020 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $4,070 today.

1992

Guy and girl in clothes of the nineties, next to the old car
Anastasiya Aleksandrenko / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $12,810 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $7,890 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $5,640 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,930 today.

1993

Washington DC. USA, 13th September, 1993Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Yasser Arafat of the PLO shake hands with President Bill Clinton
mark reinstein / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $11,980 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,720 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $5,330 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,800 today.

1994

Milan Italy, 25 February 1994,  live concert of Nirvana at the Palatrussardi : The singer and guitarist of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, during the concert
Fabio Diena / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $12,260 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,860 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $4,940 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,560 today.

1995

The media's satellite dishes covering the O.J. Simpson trial, Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $9,090 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,790 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $4,680 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,380 today.

1996

The cast of Everybody Loves Raymond
CBS / TV Land

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $7,510 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $7,110 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $4,400 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,200 today.

1997

Old mobile phone
netopaek / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $5,800 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $9,080 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $4,160 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $3,030 today.

1998

Ogden utah-November 12, 2015: viagra bottle illustrating the pharmaceutical industry and the money they make from certain popular drugs
PureRadiancePhoto / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,690 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $9,130 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,970 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,890 today.

1999

WREXHAM, UK - MAY 31, 2015: Collectible Ty Beanie Baby, Fuzz the bear. Birth date July 23 1998
Linda Bestwick / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $3,910 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $9,030 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,730 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,720 today.

2000

Epcot Spaceship Earth at Night during the Millennium Celebration in the year 2000.
Sam Howzit / Flickr

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,190 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $9,630 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,550 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,560 today.

2001

Enron logo sign
ACME FISH / Flickr

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,870 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $9,500 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,380 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,520 today.

2002

Robert Iler, James Gandolfini and Jamie-Lynn Sigler at premiere of THE SOPRANOS, NY 9/5/2002
Everett Collection / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $6,210 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $7,660 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,250 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,480 today.

2003

UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 2007: A stamp printed by GREAT BRITAIN shows image of cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Sergey Goryachev / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $5,160 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,290 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $3,120 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,450 today.

2004

Albuquerque, NM USA March 26, 2004 President Bush greets visitors, supporters and protestors after speaking  on home ownership in Albuquerque, NM.
Judd Irish Bradley / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,650 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $6,000 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,990 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,390 today.

2005

BANGKOK - JULY 17: View of YouTube homepage on July 17, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. YouTube is a video-sharing website, founded in 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006.
1000 Words / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,420 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $5,120 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,870 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,280 today.

2006

beach yoga group in the sand
Breedfoto / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $3,940 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $4,130 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,740 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,170 today.

2007

Steve Jobs introduces the very first iPhone in 2007
Nobuyuki Hayashi / Flickr

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $3,770 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $3,140 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,630 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,070 today.

2008

Senator Barack Obama, at a public appearance for MALVERN-Barack Obama US Presidential Campaign Trail, Great Valley High School Town Hall Meeting, MALVERN, PA, Apr 09, 2008
Everett Collection / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $6,360 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $3,040 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,580 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,040 today.

2009

Miley Cyrus  at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Hannah Montana The Movie'. El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA. 04-02-09
s_bukley / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $5,030 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,380 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,480 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,030 today.

2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Serena Williams on her way to the 2010 Australian Open title.  January 23, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia
Neale Cousland / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,490 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $1,860 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,400 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,020 today.

2011

FRANKFURT - SEPT 24: The New VW Beetle at the 64th IAA (Internationale Automobil Ausstellung) on September 24, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany
Philip Lange / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $4,490 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $1,670 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,360 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,020 today.

2012

London, UK - July 1: The famous Tower Bridge in London, decorated for the 2012 Summer Olympics on July 1, 2012.
Victor Maschek / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $3,920 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $1,580 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,320 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,020 today.

2013

Demonstration of unmanned copter. Man quadrocopter flight controls. Zhitomir region Ukraine. 05/30/2013
Stock image / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $3,090 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,190 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,250 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,010 today.

2014

The cast of Orange Is the New Black
Netflix

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $2,720 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,190 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,200 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,010 today.

2015

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY/USA - NOVEMBER 12, 2016: The marquee of Hamilton, An American Musical, which is playing at the Richard Rogers Theater.
Joseph M. Arseneau / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $2,720 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,470 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,150 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,010 today.

2016

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 12 JULY 2016: Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, GPS based augmented reality mobile game . The game become hits around the world. (picture with world map background).
amirraizat / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $2,480 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,270 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,100 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,010 today.

2017

Louisville, Kentucky – March 20, 2017: President Donald J. Trump addresses a crowd at a rally inside Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20, 2017.
jctabb / Shutterstock

$2,000 invested in stocks would give you around $2,090 today.

$2,000 invested in gold would give you around $2,030 today.

$2,000 invested in bonds would give you around $2,050 today.

$2,000 put into savings would give you around $2,003 today.

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