The silent crash in commodities – a warning sign

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If the commodity markets were followed as widely as the stock market, the financial world would be buzzing with the news of a crash that has taken place in the value of “stuff.”

While the plunging prices of oil, natural gas and gasoline are making headlines every day, thanks to the benefits accruing to consumers of energy products, the message of the commodity markets, in many ways, is hardly a reassuring one when it comes to the outlook for global economic growth.

Basic materials prices for the likes of copper, nickel, iron ore, and other industrial commodities, have collapsed, both in advance of, and now coincident with, weakening economies from Madrid to Moscow and from Berlin to Beijing.

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