Every year the good folks at US Global Investors put together this simple and fantastic visualization on the annual returns for all commodities.
Frank Holmes, their CEO and Chief Investment Officer, has an in-depth post about it here .
However, here is our quick summary of things we found interesting:
First, the two worst performers in 2014 were the two best performers the previous year: oil and natural gas. This speaks to the short-term volatility of commodities, as well to the fact that investors need to be looking to the long term. While something may swing up and down in a short time horizon, in the long term it may prove to fulfill the investment thesis based on supply and demand fundamentals.
The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns
Infographic source: US Global Investors