Re: Investments in Commodities
PCRIX is available to vanguard customers at a fairly low minimum (something like 2500 or 5000)...it being an institutional fund the minimums are usually very high.
Raddr's board discusses these extensively. He has some good tables that show excellent historic results of commodities indexes vs bonds and tips.
Note that a lot of these guys are aggressive investors who dont have any bonds or just inflation adjusted's in their portfolios. Commodities have had a heck of a run-up in recent years. There is a case to be made that the prices are reasonable and that the run-up will continue.
So far i havent bit that bullet. I might at some point, but the bargain shopper in me doesnt like to buy stuff in the midst of a sharp upward chart.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.