The Best (and Worst) Performing Commodities From Q1

Now that the first quarter of 2012 is in the books, investors will reflect on their holdings to see if it is time to make any adjustments. While most equities turned in one of the best first quarters in recent memory, not all commodities were quite as lucky. As always, commodity price drivers often vary considerably from general equities, so it should not come as a surprise to see some of the more severe losses that some of these assets have posted. For those looking for the next cheap buy, or commodities that have been on a tear, we outline some of the best and worst performing futures from the first quarter of this year [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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5 Best Performing Commodity ETFs Over The Last 3 Years

Its been more than four years since financial markets took their unprecedented nose dive, and yet some investors still cringe at the mere mention of the year that most wish they could forget. The crash of 2008 shook markets around globe, hammering  down prices in nearly every corner of the investable universe. On March 9th 2009, investors were finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as rock-bottom markets prepared to make their turnaround. The pickup spurred investors’ appetites for riskier asset classes, luring many to the lucrative world of commodity investing. For the most part, commodities can find a place in almost everyone’s portfolio; the asset class can provide uncorrelated returns and diversification benefits, as well as serve as a potential hedge against inflationary pressures [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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Gas Prices Around The Globe: Explaining The Discrepancy

Crude oil: America’s addiction. Since the introduction of the automobile, America has become incredibly dependent on fossil fuels to power our various transportation services. We use gasoline to operate our cars, airplanes, and even machinery that make our everyday lives possible. While we are the third largest producers of crude as a nation, we are by far the largest consumers; more than doubling the usage of the second-placed China, as we burn through more than 18 million barrels on a daily basis. But as we have continued our dependence on oil, consumers seemingly have taken the brunt of the blow when it comes to gas prices at the pump. Though we complain about the average cost of a gallon here, our prices do not come close to some of those abroad, so why the discrepancy?

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