CHART: Periodic table of commodity returns since 2006

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2015 was a historically bad year for commodities and the last few weeks have cemented the fact it's not getting any better. For base metals, lead w...

2015 was a historically bad year for commodities and the last few weeks have cemented the fact it's not getting any better.

For base metals, lead was the best performing commodity with -3.5 percent returns throughout 2015. That’s not good, however, compared to its fellow base metals such as copper (-26.1 percent), zinc (-26.5 percent), aluminum (-17.8 percent), and nickel (-41.8 percent), lead did wonderfully in comparison. Precious metals have fared a little better. Gold is the top-performer with only a -10.4 percent dip. Silver, platinum, and palladium did worse in 2015, all returning -11.8 percent, -26.1 percent, and -29.4 percent respectively.

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Thanks to the U.S. Global Investors, we can explore how natural resources have performed over the last 10 years. Click here to see the interactive chart.

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