The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns 2021: Chart

Commodities had one of the best years last year in recent history. The dramatic recovery in crude oil prices led to crude ending the year with a 55% gain. Natural gas was up about 47%. The best performing commodity was coal with a return of over 160%. Despite the rising popularity of renewables coal is still the king in some countries including Germany. Gold ended the year with a loss of about 4%.

The following chart shows the annual returns of select commodities from 2012 to 2021:

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Source: U.S. Global Investors

For an interactive version of the above chart go here.

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