Commodity in focus: Part 2 - Timing

Last month we talked about the shift in sentiment towards the commodity markets. We are seeing this with both institutional and retail investors. There is a positive view given where we are in the long-term cycle, inflation, global demand, and for portfolio diversification reasons.

We highlighted that timing is hard and as such we advocate adding a tactical commodity sleeve to a diversified portfolio has the potential to improve risk-adjusted returns, regardless of the timing and cycle in commodities.

However, what people asked about is indeed the timing aspect and thus we wanted to clarify something: At Auspice we believe the opportunity in commodities is greater than we have seen in almost 10 years. Actually, more like 20, since the late 90’s.  

The chart that says it all:

Source: Dr.Torsten Dennin, Incrementum AG

Source: Dr.Torsten Dennin, Incrementum AG

As such, while timing things is hard and we advocate for aiming to build better portfolios, we believe now is the time to be looking at this asset class and importantly the best ways to gain access. We would be happy to help you with this.

For more information on this topic, please refer to the Auspice Commodity white paper on the website under Resources/Research.

For more information, give us a call.



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