The ratio of the Commodity Research Bureau Total Return Index and the S&P 500 is basically the value of a standardized basket of commodities compared to the value of a basket of stocks – in simple terms how much stock you can buy with a fixed amount of commodities.  It is noteworthy that:

  • The 50-year average for this ratio is around 1.1 times
  • During the commodity bull market in the 1970s, the ratio peaked at over 3 times
  • The ratio is currently at a 50 year low of around 0.2 times far below the long-term average and just slightly higher than the low reached around 2000. In other words, we are still at a very low relative valuation between “hard assets” vs. “stocks.”

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