When debts are too easily accumulated, and paper currencies too easily printed into oblivion, savvy investors turn to hard assets for protection.
I spend a lot of my time writing about related opportunities in "hard-money" metals (namely gold and silver), but the commodity complex at large offers an array of hard assets that are bound to perform well through this age of "easy" monetary policy.
Since commodity prices have tumbled violently over the past year, I wonder whether Fools are taking advantage of this deep correction to accumulate long-term exposure to hard assets at today's far cheaper prices. I've already heaped attention onto excessively decimated gold and silver stocks like AuRico Gold
Realized prices for Teck's metallurgical coal dropped by 26% from last year's record levels, while a labor disruption at Canadian Pacific Railway
But the longer term outlook is an entirely different story, and one that I urge investors to focus on when assessing these deeply impaired commodity stocks. Peabody Energy