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Every year Callan Associates publishes their famous The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns. Recently they updated the table with data for 2013.

The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns for 2013 is shown below:

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Source: Callan Associates

As always this chart makes it clear that diversification among asset classes is important. For example emerging markets as a whole lost over 2% last year as measured by the MSCI index while the S&P 500 yielded a total return 32.39%. The difference in returns between these markets is incredible. So anyone who was overweight in emerging markets last year may have not had the best returns possible. Another point to note is that investing in emerging markets than developed markets since they can turn almost overnight for a variety of reasons. Emerging markets were hot a few years ago(2003 to 2007 and 2009, 2012) but that’s not the case nowadays as their performance was poor last year. These markets are still continuing their downward trend this year.

Small caps performed better that large caps with the Russell 2000 growth stocks soaring over 43% relative to S&P 500′s 32%.

Download: The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns 1994-2013 (in pdf)

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Source: Review: The Callan Periodic Table Of Investment Returns 1994-2013