The Periodic Table Of Commodity Returns (2021 Edition)

graphic of periodic table of commodity returns from 2011-2020

The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns (2011-2020)

Being a commodity investor can feel like riding a roller coaster.

Take silver. Typically known for sharp, idiosyncratic price movements, it faced double-digit declines in the first half of the decade, falling over 35% in just 2013 alone. By contrast, it jumped over 47% in 2020. Similarly, oil, corn, and others witnessed either steep declines or rapid gains.

The above graphic from U.S. Global Investors traces 10 years of commodity price performance, highlighting 14 different commodities and their annual ranking over the years.

Commodity Price Performance, From Best to Worst

Which commodities were the top performers in 2020?

The aforementioned silver tripled its returns year-over-year, climbing 47.9% in 2020. In July, the metal actually experienced its strongest month since 1979.

Rank Commodity

Return (2020)

Return (2019)

Return (2018)

1 Silver 47.9% 15.2% -8.5%
2 Copper 26.0% 3.4% -17.5%
3 Palladium 25.9% 54.2% 18.6%
4 Gold 25.1% 18.3% -1.6%
5 Corn 24.8% 3.4% 6.9%
6 Zinc 19.7% -9.5% -24.5%
7 Nickel 18.7% 31.6% -16.5%
8 Gas 18.7% -25.5% -0.4%
9 Wheat 14.6% 11.0% 17.9%
10 Platinum 10.9% 21.5% -14.5%
11 Aluminum 10.8% -4.4% -17.4%
12 Lead 3.3% -4.7% -19.2%
13 Coal -1.3% -18.0% -22.2%
14 Oil -20.5% 34.5% -24.8%

Along with silver, at least seven other commodities had stronger returns than the S&P 500 in 2020, which closed off the year with 16.3% gains. This included copper (26.0%), palladium (25.9%), gold (25.1%) and corn (24.8%).

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