After slipping precariously in the early days of the pandemic, commodity prices rebounded in the latter months of 2020, in some cases reaching record highs. Continuing the upward climb throughout 2021 depends on a number of factors such as US dollar weakness, economic recovery, supply and demand, monetary policy, fiscal stimulus, weather events and the type of commodity, with oil, base/precious metals and some agricultural products likely leading the charge.
Alternative is a broad term, taking in whatever is different from the conventional. In investments, that means anything that isn’t stocks, bonds or cash. It’s a large playing field that is attracting an increasing number of investors, including some of the wealthiest in the world. Returns can be high, but so can risks; what are some of these diverse investment opportunities and of what should the shrewd investor be cautious?
The commodities “super cycle” generated by mainly Chinese demand came to a screeching halt midway through 2014. The pain has been acutely felt by especially US oil and gas companies, which, crushed by their operating losses and high interest costs on debt, have been seeking Chapter 11 protection in record numbers.