Chart: Commodity Prices Since 1800

The following chart shows the price of an index of commodity prices from 1800:

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Source:  Quarterly Commentary 2, Allan Gray Investment Management, South Africa

Despite the rise in commodity prices in the past two decades the long-term trend is still down. According to the author of the report, over the past two centuries human ingenuity has found new and efficient ways to produce and use commodities. A more recent example is the development of technology to extract America’s shale gas reserves.

Related ETFs:

iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG)
United States Commodity Index Fund (USCI)
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

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