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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2011′s Best Performing Commodity Was……Milk?

Commodity investing has been a difficult space to navigate over the past year. Though this asset class is known for its volatility, the last year has been plagued with unprecedented market instability, making commodity trading an incredibly frustrating venture. It is estimated that as many as 90% to 95% of investors lose money in the commodity space and last year’s returns likely only inflated that figure. That being said, there are still incredibly lucrative opportunities that exist. Gold, for example, finished up approximately 10% on the year though it was up much higher when its prices were sitting around $1,900/oz. Other notable wins included brent oil and live cattle while cotton and natural gas were among the worst performers. But what may be the most surprising to investors, is which commodity outperformed them all; milk [see also How To Lose Money Investing In Commodities].

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