Commodities with Real Negative Returns in the 1970s.

In Investment Returns on April 23, 2011 by CQCA

The previous article showed commodities with nominal decreases in price per metric ton. Most commodity prices increased during this time, but some did not keep pace with the CPI rate. The price of scrap mica increased 101.17% over the period, but the CPI increased 103% during the same time. This means that an investor in scrap Mica would have lost about 2% in real wealth over the decade. As was said earlier, inflation does not equal easy money for all investments.

The commodities listed in that graph are:

  • Mica (Scrap)
  • Gemstones
  • Lithium
  • Garnet
  • Iron and Steel Slag
  • Feldspar
  • Salt
  • Stone (Crushed)
  • Beryllium
  • Peat
  • Pumice
  • Wollastonite
  • Copper
  • Magnesium Compounds
  • Selenium
  • Mica (Sheet)
  • Stone (Dimension)
  • Kyanite
  • Germanium
  • Abrasives (Natural)
  • Bromine
  • Gypsum
  • Diamond (Industrial)
  • Iron and Steel Scrap
  • Hafnium
  • Quartz Crystal
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