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Old 05-06-2011, 01:24 PM   #21
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200 shares of HK, which is a good example of dumb luck for someone like me who owns mostly mutual funds doing very well lately. Mr B keeps an eye on it more than I do. My plan is to hold for the next decade at least.

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Old 05-07-2011, 06:42 AM   #22
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Not directly.... indirectly through the ownership of companies that use them as factors of production or directly by producing the commodity.

I do not understand the futures markets for commodities or mutual funds/etf that invest in them. There were some commodity etfs issued... I read that it did not work out well for retail investors because of contango.

I own an energy sector fund. I have considered some other sector funds that concentrate in the commodities supply chain.

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Old 05-07-2011, 07:56 AM   #23
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:55 AM   #24
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GLD, DBC, and a couple of small miners. I appreciate the counterbalancing, although my total percentage is small.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:17 PM   #25
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... or that your chosen currency will fall...

I didn't hang on to my copy of Swedroe's alternative investment guide, but IIRC he only praised commodities for their lack of correlation-- not for their consistent market-beating gains.

We don't hold any commodities in our retirement portfolio. Just equities & cash.
The last time I looked into correlation, the classes that were the least correlated also were the lowest performing. I do not like to invest in things that don't make money just to smooth things out. I did a very small quickie study a while back that showed (for the limited assets I focused on) that 100% equities and an inflation-adjusted withdrawal rate was better in the end than any combination that included bonds. But it was wildly volatile. Too limited a study to generalize from, though.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:23 PM   #26
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very small % in SEP-IRAs of:
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking DBC
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