Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Bitcoin War Begins – Bitcoin Cash Rises 50% While Bitcoin Drops $1,000 In 24 Hours - Jeff_Berwick
2.Fragile Stock Market Bull in a China Shop -James_Quinn
3.Sheffield Leafy Suburbs Tree Felling's Triggering House Prices CRASH! - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Bank of England Hikes UK Interest Rates 100%, Reversing BREXIT PANIC Cut! - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Government Finances and Gold - Cautionary Tale told in Four Charts - Michael_J_Kosares
6.Gold Stocks Winter Rally - Zeal_LLC
7.The Stock Market- From Here to Infinity? - Plunger
8.Ethereum (ETH/USD) – bullish breakout of large symmetrical triangle looks to be getting closer - MarketsToday
9.Electronic Gold: The Deep State’s Corrupt Threat to Human Prosperity and Freedom - Stewart_Dougherty
10.Finally, The Fall Of The House Of Saud - Jim_Willie_CB
Last 7 days
Learning from Money Supply of the 1980s: The Power and Irony of “MDuh” - 20th Nov 17
Trump’s Asia Strategy, Goals and Realities - 20th Nov 17
Crude Oil – General Market Link - 20th Nov 17
Bitcoin Price Blasts Through $8,000… In Zimbabwe Tops $13,500 As Mugabe Regime Crumbles - 20th Nov 17
Stock Market More Correction Ahead? - 19th Nov 17
Universal Credits Christmas Scrooge Nightmare for Weekly Pay Recipients - 18th Nov 17
Perspective on the Gold/Oil Ratio, Macro Fundamentals and a Gold Sector Bottom - 18th Nov 17
Facebook Traders: Tech Giant + Technical Analysis = Thumbs Up - 18th Nov 17
Games Betting System For NCAA Basketball Sports Betting - Know Your Betting Limits - 18th Nov 17
Universal Credit Doomsday for Tax Credits Cash ISA Savers, Here's What to Do - 18th Nov 17
Gold Mining Stocks Fundamentals Q3 2017 - 17th Nov 17
The Social Security Inflation Lag Calendar - Partial Indexing - 17th Nov 17
Mystery of Inflation and Gold - 17th Nov 17
Stock Market Ready To Pull The Rug Out From Under You! - 17th Nov 17
Crude Oil – Gold Link in November 2017 - 17th Nov 17
Play Free Online Games and Save Money Free Virtual Online Games - 17th Nov 17
Stock Market Crash Omens & Predictions: Another Day Another Lie - 16th Nov 17
Deepening Crisis In Hyper-inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe - 16th Nov 17
Announcing Free Trader's Workshop: Battle-Tested Tools to Boost Your Trading Confidence - 16th Nov 17
Instructions to Stop a Dispossession Home Sale and How to Purchase Astutely at Abandonment Home - 16th Nov 17
Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects - 16th Nov 17
Bonds And Stocks Will Crash Together In The Next Crisis (Meanwhile, Bond Yields Are Going Up) - 16th Nov 17
A Generational Reset That Will Redistribute Wealth to the Bottom 60% Is Near - 16th Nov 17
Ethereum (ETH/USD) – bullish breakout of large symmetrical triangle looks to be getting closer - 16th Nov 17
Gold’s Long-term Analogies - 16th Nov 17
Does Stripping Streets of ALL of their Trees Impact House Prices (Sheffield Example)? - 15th Nov 17
The Trump Administration’s IP Battle Against China - 15th Nov 17
5 Ways Bitcoin can Improve its Odds of Becoming the Future of Money - 15th Nov 17
These Headlines Say Gold is Building a Base for Something Big - 15th Nov 17
Protect Your Savings With Gold: ECB Propose End To Deposit Protection - 14th Nov 17
Gold on the Ledge, Trend Forecast - 14th Nov 17
The Unbearable Slowness Of Fourth Turnings - 14th Nov 17
Silver Sign’s Confirmation & More - 14th Nov 17
Could This Be The End for Tesla? - 14th Nov 17
Harry Dent’s Fourth Cycle: More Evidence of Stock Market Downturn - 14th Nov 17
Why Having Good Credit Is Important If You Want to Invest - 14th Nov 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Traders Workshop

2014 Year of Commodities (March Update)

Commodities / Agricultural Commodities Mar 25, 2014 - 04:42 PM GMT

By: Ned_W_Schmidt

Commodities

That 2013 was a year when equities ruled supreme is now well recorded history. Generally speaking, expectations at the end of the year were that 2014 would be more of the same. Among the popularly reported forecasts were the S&P 500 going to 2,000 while $Gold would plunge to $1,050. While the calendar will ultimately decide the wisdom of those forecasts, reality is already casting doubt on them. Perhaps the numbers in those forecasts were inadvertently switched.



In the above chart are plotted year-to-date returns for some popular investment strategies. Immediately obvious is that the three components of the commodity group are all up while equities, depending on the index, are either down or up only modestly. Also readily apparent is that the Agri-Food Price Index has risen by the greatest amount, achieving a new all time high as shown below. Gold followed in second place. Equities follow in clearly fourth place.

These price returns tell us that demand for Gold and Agri-Foods is stronger than supply. Weak equity prices indicate that supply is in excess of demand. Quite simply, the supply of equities is excessive and the supply of Gold and Agri-Foods is inadequate.

That the Agri-Food Price Index is at a new high is made more significant by pervasiveness of the move in Agri-Commodities thus far this year. As shown in chart below of year-to-date price changes, 14 of 16, or 98%, of the Agri-Commodities have experience price increases thus far in 2014. Those price increases range from +4% for sugar to +60% for hogs. Corn, which some had forecast to trade at US$2.50, has instead risen by 10% and traded over $5 briefly. Why have the prices of Agri-Commodities, as well as those of Gold and oil, risen despite warnings of strong supply? Answer is simple: Demand is stronger than supply.


One perhaps important flaw in the consensus global outlook at turn of the year was that U.S. economic activity would strengthen while outside the U.S. it would weaken. The likelihood that this forecast is "upside down" is increasing. Consumer demand within China, and most of Asia, is strong. For example, milk prices recently hit an all time high in Chicago. Chinese milk imports during 2013 rose 25% and are expected to rise 28% in 2014(theagriinfo.com, 28 December 2013). Such consumption is an indication of rising consumer incomes as milk has not historically been a common consumer product there. Clearly, demand for dairy products is stronger than supply.



Chinese consumers, recognizing a bargain when the Street saw none, bought 40% more Gold in 2013 than in the previous year(bloomberg.com, 9 March). Because of higher prices, Chinese demand for Gold is expected to begin the year weak. Note the wording carefully. Chinese are not selling Gold, they just might buy less than the 1,176 tons purchased last year. We also suspect they are not buying NASDAQ fantasy stocks either. And which of those two are they likely to buy in the future?

Demand for Gold and Agri-Commodities seems to be the dominant factor for prices this year, even after taking into account unique supply situations in some cases. As the year continues to unfold, investor attitudes on commodities, and in particular Gold and Agri-Commodities, need to adapt to the reality of the situation. Street fantasies, like those noted in the first paragraph, are not likely to enhance your wealth. Have they ever?

By Ned W Schmidt CFA, CEBS

AGRI-FOOD THOUGHTS is from Ned W. Schmidt,CFA,CEBS, publisher of The Agri-Food Value View, a monthly exploration of the Agri-Food grand cycle being created by China, India, and Eco-energy. To contract Ned or to learn more, use this link: www.agrifoodvalueview.com.

Copyright © 2014 Ned W. Schmidt - All Rights Reserved

Ned W Schmidt Archive

© 2005-2017 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife