Via the Daily Reckoning:
The Case for Commodities in 2010
The biggest emerging economies have ambitious plans that require a greater share of the world’s limited commodities. This trend is spurring profound and permanent disruptions in how these resources are allocated now and in the future. For investors, these disruptions present opportunities.
Simply put, an investment in natural resources is a vote of confidence in global economic growth.
Rapid urbanization and industrialization, better infrastructure and growing consumption in emerging markets are among the key themes in the global growth story. They are also key drivers in the rising demand for oil, steel, copper, cement and other resources.
Here are just a few of the many available data points to help gauge the scale of opportunity:
- Just over half of the world’s people now live in cities – that figure is likely to rise to 70 percent over the next four decades. The urban population in emerging nations has expanded by an average of 3 million per week for the past 20 years.
- India has embarked on a $500 billion plan to expand and upgrade its highways, airports and other transportation assets by 2012.
- More than 13 million cars and light trucks were sold in China in 2009, transforming a land once dominated by bicycles into the largest auto market in the world. Forecasts for 2010 call for vehicle sales to increase by as much as 10 percent.
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