Periodic Table of
Investment Returns

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The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns graphically depicts annual returns for various asset classes, ranked from best to worst. Created by Jay Kloepfer in 1999, the table features well-known, industry-standard market indices as proxies for each asset class.

“The enduring appeal of the table is its ability to be understood at a glance,” says Kloepfer. “And once you’ve seen and absorbed it, you can refer to it again and again. New insights still come to me even 20 years later!”

Below, explore our classic, annual Periodic Table, as well as our monthly edition and collection of rankings for assorted indices and strategies.

NEW: View our two-minute, animated video about the Periodic Table.

2018-2019

Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns
The Periodic Table of Investment Returns depicts annual returns for 10 asset classes, ranked from best to worst performance for each calendar year.

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Callan Periodic Table Collection
Expanding upon our Classic Periodic Table, the Collection features 10 additional versions including the indices relative to inflation, real estate indices, and hedge fund sub-strategies.

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Callan Periodic Table Monthly Edition—SEPTEMBER
This new addition to Callan's Periodic Table offerings shows monthly rankings of key indices.

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