Commodities Lose Their Hedging Allure

GRAPHIC BY BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK; DATA: LOMBARDI, RAVAZZOLO 2013, DATA COMPILED BY BLOOMBERG.

A new paper by economists Marco Lombardi and Francesco Ravazzolo shows commodities aren’t the portfolio hedge they used to be. Traditionally, commodities have zigged when stocks have zagged. Since 2008, though, the asset class has tracked the equity market.

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