FA Center: Owning a home can give you a place to hide from a bear market for stocks

Would you be interested in an asset class that has risen in all but one of the stock bear-markets of the past 70 years — and isn’t bonds? Of course you would. But there’s a catch: The asset class is residential real estate, and it’s difficult to invest in real estate as an asset class.

Given how unattractive bonds are at today’s low interest rates, and real estate’s potential to benefit from some of the very factors that are anathema to bonds (such as inflation), even an imperfect approximation of the residential real estate asset class could be worth pursuing.

Consider the performance of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which is derived from information on repeat sales of homes across the U.S.

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