Commodities Go Through Periods of Booms and Busts

Investing in commodities is not for the faint-hearted. It takes nerves of steel to endure years of pain. Generally for most retail investors, investing in commodities directly is not a wise strategy. However commodities do have a role in a well-diversified portfolio. So adding a small percentage of gold for instance can help protect a …

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The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns 2020

The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns published yearly by US Funds is an excellent tool for commodity investors similar to The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns for US equity investors. Silver was the best performing commodity return last year with a return of about 48%. The next top returns came from Copper and Palladium, …

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Coal Jobs Compared to Jobs in Other Industries: Chart

The number of workers employed in coal mining industry is less than the number of workers in than many other industries. For example, museums employed 91,966 compared to just 76,572 workers in the coal industry according an article I came across in The Washington Post. The 76K figure is not coal miners only but also …

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The List of Major US Coal Producers

Coal production in the U.S. dropped to below 900 million short tons according to EIA. The average number of employees in coal mines declined by 12% year-over-year and reached  65,971. The major US coal producers in 2015  are listed in the table below: Source: US EIA The top five producers are Peabody Energy Corp (BTUUQ), Arch Coal …

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