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Despite another quarter with trade fears dominating market headlines, we believe that the natural resource equity complex has transformed over the last few years and remains historically attractive.
Although commodities and natural resource equities — often referred to collectively as “hard assets” — are valued quite differently from one another on a fundamental basis, they both serve an important role as the foundation of industrial economies and can also provide similar core investment benefits.
addition to portfolio diversification, an allocation to natural resources and
commodities provides exposure to global growth and can act as a hedge against
In the third quarter, the most significant impact on the natural resources market and the Fund came from the continued resilience of metals prices, in particular copper which hit two-year highs during the quarter.
Economies are adopting clean energy technologies, and industrial metals are playing a critical role. Copper, nickel, graphite, and cobalt are especially crucial for renewable energy and electric vehicle technologies.
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