23.02.2009 - Everyone needs a few hard assets
From WSJ: With stock markets offering little positive news, it might be a good time to look at other parts of your investment portfolio. One area often overlooked is commodities. These "real" things -- gold, oil, corn, pork bellies -- can play a role in your long-term, diversified portfolio allocation. And with commodity prices mostly lower, now is a good time to think about this sector. Commodities enjoyed a torrid run through much of the 2000s. Rising global demand for metals, food and energy helped spark sharp gains for commodities. But in the past few months, the picture has become muddier. Oil prices have slumped from $147 a barrel to less than $40 a barrel, and other commodity prices have also fallen..... Full Article: Source