Resource Equity is not Commodity

Many people refer to stocks of companies that produce commodities as commodity investments.  This is incorrect.  They are equities and thus have a high correlation to the broad equity market.  Just like tech company stocks and health company stocks are equities.  The difference is simple - you can invest directly in commodities. And if you think an alternative like private equity isn’t equity, I have some tropical ocean front property in Calgary that you might be interested in.

There is another difference - commodities are the raw materials for making other things. They are important building blocks.  As such, they can be used as a hedge, for pure price risk management or inflation protection.  We will always need commodities- always being a long time from current times anyway. At least until Elon the third finds a way to do this in outer space.

The best part? Commodities are not correlated to equities or fixed income over the long term. They are valuable to a portfolio because of their low correlation.  Moreover, if invested in tactically, as opposed to a long only index approach, the result can have far less volatility, less downside risk and potential for gains when other assets cannot provide this opportunity.

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The chart at right depicts the recent performance of the Auspice Broad Commodity tactical program (ABCERI) versus a long only commodity benchmark in Bloomberg Commodity (BCOM) along with the S&P500 and the TSX Capped Energy Index (resource equity).  In addition to being the only positive return since December 1ˢᵗ 2018, the ABCERI has little drawdown (< 1%) and far lower volatility.

Can we convince you that a commodity investment might be more valuable to a portfolio than stocks in the resource equity sector? 

We aim to try - please read the linked Research here.  For more about the Auspice CTA and commodity strategies and the potential portfolio benefits, please give us a call.

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