Bitcoin, gold and Treasurys top stocks in surprisingly good year for all kinds of investments

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Trader Peter Tuchman wears a DOW 30,000 hat as he greets friends outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, November 24, 2020.
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Investments in various major financial assets produced remarkable returns in what was a disastrous year for the U.S. and global economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For starters, commodity investors scored big with gold, silver and copper rallying at least 20% in 2020. Government bonds, which in the past have tended to move in the opposite direction to stocks, are up handsomely and beating the S&P 500.

For such a wild year, perhaps it's only fitting that the best-performing asset by far has been bitcoin, which surged over 180% this year and topped $20,000 for the first time ever just on Wednesday.

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