Periodic Table of Returns

Precious Metals Investment

The Periodic Table of Returns shows the best performing asset classes over the previous 15 years, from 1996 to 2010. A quick overview of the top bar reveals that year after year, no specific asset class outperforms another. Rather, the table illustrates the level of volatility in the markets over this time period. For example, in 1999 the EAFE Index occupied the top position, while Real Estate occupied the bottom position. The very next year, their positions were opposite. Similarly, in 2008 the Bond Index was the best performing asset, while the EAFE was the worst. In 2009, the EAFE Index was the second best and the Bond Index was the second worst. Also of note, rates of return vary from year to year. At the height of economic cycle in 2007, all 7 asset classes have positive returns, while in 2008, 5 of 7 assets posted negative returns.

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