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This chart looks at the Thompson/Reuters Commodity Index on a monthly basis for the past 50 years
The index took off in the early 1970’s and rallied over 200% in a little over a decade at (1). Then it created a potential double top. What followed at (2)? An unwinding of the rally that lasted nearly 20-years, taking it to the bottom of its rising channel.
In the early 2000’s, the index took off again, gaining over 250% in a decades time at (3) and the rallied looks to have ended in 2011, as it was hitting the top of this long-term rising channel.
Since hitting the top of the channel the index has been pretty soft, losing nearly 40% of its value in the past few years.
Could commodities be pulling a repeating pattern again and be soft for a long period of time?
Joe Friday, just the facts….If you are like me, its hard to believe that commodities could be in a 20-year bear market again. What is happening to the index at this time looks like the trend will continue, as the index could be breaking triple support at (4) right now. If it does break down through triple support, it would suggest the down trend in this space continues!