17.04.2013 - Investors in a fix as commodities defy asset class norm
The status of commodities as a distinct asset class is under threat following another lousy start to the year for investors. Total returns on the two major commodity indices, the Standard and Poor's Goldman Sachs Commodity Index and the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, show losses of 4.4% and 3.7% respectively so far this year, while an investment in the S&P 500 equity index is up 12%, including dividends. Both major commodity indices were flat in 2012, with investors missing out on a 16% return on equities. With the exception of the bull market in 2007-2008, commodities have generally underperformed equities since 1989...........................................Full Article: Source
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