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September 30, 2022

Combat Inflation with Commodity ETFs

Over the last few years, we’ve seen soaring inflation and rising interest rates. The state of the market has prompted many investors to look for ways to update their portfolios. Commodities have remained one of the few investment areas that investors can turn to, to hedge against inflation and provide portfolio diversification.

What are the benefits of investing commodity?

Commodities are the raw products like oil, cotton, and gold consumed directly or used to create secondary products -- such as the gas you put in your car, the shirt you’re wearing or the wedding band on your finger. There are several benefits associated with commodity investing, including:

  • Protection against inflation. Few assets benefit from rising inflation yet, historically, commodity returns have been positively correlated with high inflation – even unexpected inflation.
  • Diversification. Commodities typically have a low or negative correlation to traditional asset classes such as stocks and bonds.
  • Profit. Commodities are one of the more volatile asset classes as they are greatly impacted by factors including weather, geo-political events, and interest rates. Because of this level of volatility and risk, there is an opportunity for significant reward.  

Is it too late to invest in commodities?

When the pandemic hit in 2020, there was a widespread collapse in commodity prices. However, in mid-2020, commodities started to rally and have continued since. Now, some investors are wondering if they’ve missed their opportunity to participate in the current commodity cycle.

According to Auspice, CI partner and leader in commodity markets, the answer is no. Auspice believes the commodity market is in the process of presenting a generational opportunity for a commodity supercycle.   

What is a supercycle?

Commodity prices tend to go through extended periods of boom and bust – known as cycles. A supercycle is represented by an extended period (typically ten years or more) of strong and sustained demand for commodities, demand that exceeds the available supply.  

There are generally two inputs required for a commodity supercycle – an extended period of underinvestment in supply, and a demand shock. Today, we have both.

Extended period of underinvestment

Over the last decade, there’s been significant underinvestment in commodity supply as capital investments in major oil and gas mining sectors have declined. Despite the world consuming approximately 40% more in major commodities than it did 15 years ago, resource companies have continued to cut investment in new production in 20221. Similarly, even with elevated prices, the production of oil and natural gas continues to fall among the major supermajors.

Generational demand shock

The transition to clean energy is expected to increase demand for commodities in the coming years. The push for decarbonization and the focus on ESG (environmental, social and governance), further fueled by extremely accommodative monetary policies, has led to accelerated infrastructure spending causing a commodity demand shock.

Other important factors are also contributing to the supercycle and potentially exacerbating the cycle intensity and longevity, including:  

  • The war in Ukraine
  • Rising interest rates
  • Supply chain complications
  • Stakeholder capitalism
  • Labour shortages, unionization, and aging demographics
  • Re-opening of economic super-power, China
  • Commodities as an inflationary hedge

All of these factors help to create an opportune market for commodity trading for some time to come.

Opportunities for investing in commodities

With high inflation and rising interest, commodities can offer portfolio protection and diversification. CI Auspice Broad Commodity ETF (CCOM) provides an easy way for investors to gain broad commodity exposure with the convenience of an ETF. The Auspice Broad Commodity ETF seeks to track the Auspice Broad Commodity Index, a rule-based index that attempts to capture upward trends in the commodity market while minimizing risk during downtrends. For more information, visit CI Auspice Broad Community ETF.

Sources: Auspice. Commodity Supercycle Update, as of September 22, 2022. 



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Published September, 27, 2022