Investments like Gold, Real Estate, Equity have been giving phenomenol returns over the last few years. It's very difficult to make investment choices based on the results that have come out in the recent past. Looking at the historic data will help us aviod having a myopic view with respect to the earning capabilities of various investment modes.
Avg. Compounded Annual Return % of various investments since 1990 is given below
Gold -> 6%
Silver -> 6%
Sensex -> 19%
Debt -> 9%
We have to keep such realistic return % in mind when we chart out our financial plan for the future.