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Commodities as Investments – Again

We note with interest that several financial advisory services have begun to tout commodities as something an investor might consider adding to his portfolio. This is in line with comments from the likes of Goldman Sachs that commodities are underpriced and due for a rally in this environment of a huge money supply swirling around looking for a home.  Despite this week’s record close of the S &P 500, there seems to be a growing feeling in financial circles that the recent stock market rally has just about run out of gas prompted in part by political uncertainty. This has led some financial advisors to recommend that investors put money into commodities for purposes of diversification.   All of this seems like an e...

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