Commodities Are Good for Traders, Bad for Investors

The recent performance of these hard assets shows why this is the case. While U.S. stocks are up for almost nine years in a row, commodities are in the midst of a prolonged drawdown. A broad basket of commodities, as measured by the Bloomberg Commodities Index, is down around 5 percent this year. Although they were up double digits last year, commodities fell five years in a row from 2011 to 2015.

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