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Treasury Bonds Total Real Return from 1870

This index shows the value of portfolio of long term Treasury Bond (T-Bonds) with reinvested interest adjusted for inflation. The modern trend of inflation reduced the real return on T-Bonds.

The shaded areas show when inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the portfolio. The purchasing power was underwater from 1941 to 1987. At the bottom in 1980 54% of the purchasing power had been lost.