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The Periodic Table of Commodities Returns 2013

Explore how natural resources have performed over the last 10 years on the interactive chart below.
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  • 2004
    • 67.57%
    • 42.80%
    • 41.30%
    • 33.61%
    • 25.99%
    • 23.52%
    • 14.89%
    • 5.90%
    • 5.54%
    • -0.65%
    • -3.62%
    • -10.29%
    • -16.77%
    • -18.44%
  • 2005
    • 82.55%
    • 50.79%
    • 40.48%
    • 39.79%
    • 36.46%
    • 29.20%
    • 17.92%
    • 16.19%
    • 12.65%
    • 10.33%
    • 5.37%
    • 4.17%
    • -7.26%
    • -10.12%
  • 2006
    • 154.45%
    • 126.16%
    • 80.88%
    • 61.36%
    • 47.68%
    • 46.40%
    • 37.20%
    • 31.24%
    • 24.15%
    • 23.15%
    • 17.05%
    • 2.02%
    • -25.22%
    • -43.88%
  • 2007
    • 93.02%
    • 76.65%
    • 57.22%
    • 42.65%
    • 34.33%
    • 30.98%
    • 18.80%
    • 16.72%
    • 14.65%
    • 10.40%
    • 6.14%
    • -16.70%
    • -23.56%
    • -47.13%
  • 2008
    • 5.77%
    • -10.65%
    • -23.01%
    • -24.70%
    • -24.87%
    • -30.99%
    • -36.06%
    • -38.76%
    • -49.29%
    • -51.07%
    • -53.53%
    • -53.37%
    • -56.53%
    • -62.52%
  • 2009
    • 153.14%
    • 152.37%
    • 129.36%
    • 118.07%
    • 77.94%
    • 58.95%
    • 56.82%
    • 48.16%
    • 45.71%
    • 24.36%
    • 1.84%
    • -0.89%
    • -11.34%
    • -13.36%
  • 2010
    • 96.60%
    • 96.60%
    • 51.75%
    • 46.68%
    • 31.47%
    • 31.39%
    • 29.96%
    • 29.52%
    • 20.79%
    • 15.17%
    • 11.29%
    • 5.16%
    • -5.15%
    • -21.18%
  • 2011
    • 10.06%
    • 8.15%
    • 5.76%
    • 2.78%
    • -9.94%
    • -17.82%
    • -18.27%
    • -18.95%
    • -20.86%
    • -21.35%
    • -21.55%
    • -24.22%
    • -25.24%
    • -32.15%
  • 2012
    • 19.19%
    • 15.19%
    • 12.16%
    • 12.11%
    • 9.87%
    • 8.98%
    • 8.00%
    • 7.52%
    • 7.14%
    • 4.18%
    • 2.33%
    • -7.09%
    • -9.22%
    • -16.78%
  • 2013
    • 26.23%
    • 7.19%
    • 1.70%
    • 0.17%
    • -1.00%
    • -5.44%
    • -6.72%
    • -11.03%
    • -14.02%
    • -18.63%
    • -22.20%
    • -28.04%
    • -35.84%
    • -39.56%
  • Key
    • Aluminum
    • Coal
    • Copper
    • Corn
    • Gas
    • Gold
    • Lead
    • Nickel
    • Oil
    • Palladium
    • Platinum
    • Silver
    • Wheat
    • Zinc

Natural resources are the building blocks of the world, essential to progress and prosperity. These commodities, like all investments, can have wide price fluctuations over time. This table shows the ebb and flow of commodity prices over the past decade and illustrates the principle of mean reversion—the concept that returns eventually move back towards their mean or average. The price movement of commodities is historically both seasonal and cyclical. That’s why when investing in natural resources, we believe your portfolio should hold a diversified basket of commodities actively managed by professionals who understand these specialized assets and the global trends impacting them.

 

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As with all investments, diversification does not protect an investor from market risks and does not assure a profit, and of course, past performance does not guarantee future results.

 

Source: Bloomberg and U.S. Global Investors Research. Returns are based on historical spot prices or futures prices.