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Chart of the Year: The market's surge in 2013

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 4:03 PM ET

It was by any measure a record-setting year.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26 percent in 2013, its best performance since 1995.

The S&P rose 29 percent on the year, another 16-year best.

The Nasdaq rose 38 percent, touching levels last seen during the dot-com bubble era of 2000.

But not every asset class rose in 2013. Gold turned in its worst performance since 1981, falling 28 percent for the year.

Similarly, US 10-year Treasury bonds declined by the most in four years, pushing yields back above the psychologically important 3 percent level.