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Barclays CapitaEquity Gilt Study 2006 is the 51st annual edition of Barclays Capital's flagship publication and is one of the oldest and most respected continually published research document in the City.

Since 1956, the Study has provided investors with reliable long term data series for nominal and real returns from UK and US financial assets. The UK data series begins in 1899 whilst the US series starts in 1926. "Aside from the historical data presented in the Study, Barclays Capital also addresses various topics that are of relevance to the long term investor or asset allocator" said Tim Bond, Head of Global Asset Allocation Strategy and the primary author of The Equity Gilt Study. "Whilst most financial analysis is generally focussed on the short term, the long historical horizon of the Equity Gilt Study provides an appropriate setting to consider broader issues that are often neglected by the markets."

Real Investment Returns by Asset Class (% pa)
Last 2005 10 years 20 years 50 years 105 years*
Equities 18.9 4.2 6.7 7.0 5.2
Gilts 6.0 5.7 6.2 2.3 1.2
Corporate Bonds 9.8 8.0      
Index-Linked 6.7 5.3 4.8    
Cash 2.7 2.8 3.9 2.0 1.0
Note: * entire sample
Source: Barclays Capital.

A £100 invested in UK shares in 1899, would have been worth £22,426 at the end of 2005, and that figure is adjusted for inflation. However, that result would have been dependent on the reinvestment of all the dividends since 1899.

If the dividends had been spent, the original £100 investment would be worth £197 in real terms. So dividends make a big difference.

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