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Jason Zweig: It’s Slow Going, But Stuff Like Wheat And Oil Can Spice Up Your Returns

FYI: The best time to get interested in an investing strategy is when its performance is at its worst. By that standard, commodities are starting to look intriguing.

These assets—oil and gas, corn and wheat, cattle and hogs, nickel and tin, silver and gold and so on—have been stinking up the joint ever since investors raced to buy them during the financial crisis. Even so, new research suggests that commodities may deserve a small place in the portfolios of iconoclastic investors who have plenty of patience.

A little patience won’t be enough. Gold, up 14% so far this year, remains 23% below its peak in August 2011. Oil, which has gained 29% in 2019, is still down 60% from its high in July 2008.
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