What a decade!… A rapidly urbanizing global population driven by tremendous growth in emerging markets has sent commodities on quite a run over the past 10 years.
In fact, you would find that all 14 commodities are in positive territory if you annualized the returns since 2002.
The best performer was silver with an impressive 20% annualized return.
Surprisingly, that was higher 19% annual return on gold.
Notably, all commodities except natural gas outperformed the S&P 500 Index 10-year annualized return of just 2.92%.
However, last year did not seem reflective of the decade-long clamor for commodities.
In 2011, only four commodities we track increased: gold (10%), oil (8%), coal (nearly 6%), and corn (nearly 3%).
The remaining commodities listed on our popular Periodic Table of Commodity Returns fell, with losses ranging from nearly 10% for silver to 32% for natural gas.
I think this chart is a "must-have" for investors and advisors because you can visually see how commodities have fluctuated from year to year…