July Commodities Purge Offers Long-Term Opportunity

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The fundamentals for gold have not changed, and with negative real interest rates in the U.S., this is a good time to maintain exposure to gold investments. July and August generally mark a low time for gold before prices climb with the arrival of the fall buying season, which is another reason to consider gold now...

Are we at the end of the commodity bull market or does this battered sector offer an attractive buying opportunity?

That's the question on the minds of everyone trying to navigate one of the most complex and volatile markets we've seen in years. The continuing economic slowdown (particularly at home and in other G-7 countries), combined with more than a year of bleak news from the financial sector, has left investors dazed and desperate...

July was also a very tough month for commodities and commodity stocks. The S&P Natural Resources Index fell off 15 percent, the worst monthly sell-off in the sector since August 1998, when the Russian currency crisis triggered the implosion of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management. Prices for the underlying commodities also suffered in July, with the Jefferies/CRB Index down 10.1 percent. This was just short of the worst monthly performance for this index since 1970.The fundamentals for gold have not changed, and with negative real interest rates in the U.S., this is a good time to maintain exposure to gold investments. As you can clearly see from the chart below, July and August generally mark a low time for gold before prices climb with the arrival of the fall buying season, which is another reason to consider gold now...

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