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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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RANGE OF COMMODITY INVESTMENTS

Commodities can easily be used to diversify a portfolio of financial assets and manage any correlation issues – meaning that the oil or gold prices will not necessarily move in exactly the same way as the stock or financial markets. A compelling research piece from Dr John Lintner in May 1983 demonstrated that if commodities (futures) are added to a portfolio, they significantly increase the return and reduce the volatility and variance. It follows therefore that every portfolio needs some commodities exposure for optimum returns. (For further information please read ‘The Potential Role of Managed Commodity – Financial Futures Accounts (and/or Funds) in Portfolios of Stocks and Bonds’, delivered at the annual conference ...

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