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Oppenheimer Real Asset Fund

Oppenheimer’s Real Asset Fund was the first of its kind providing retail investors with exposure to commodities. Through investments in securities whose value is linked to the commodity markets, investors receive full dollar-for-dollar exposure to this asset class.

To view details on the only three true commodity funds available today (most “commodity-related” funds invest in stocks of energy-based companies, not the physical commodities themselves), a comparison can be found in Commodity Funds Comparison. Alternatively, readers can request more information on any of these funds from our recommended outside investment advisors, highly-experienced industry professionals we have found that know these investments very well.

About Oppenheimer’s Real Asset Fund:

Unlike both the Pimco Commodity Real Return Fund and the Rogers Raw Materials Fund, Oppenheimer’s is actively-managed, meaning it is not built to mimic the performance of a broad-based commodities index. At times, this results in superior performance, but it also results in a fund that is extremely concentrated in oil and energy, with more than 70% of the fund having such exposure according to a Forbes article from June, 2005.

Further, this fund invests a portion of its assets in U.S. Government and Agency bonds, fixed income holdings that aren’t inflation-hedged and seem to stand in direct opposition to the underlying fund strategy.

While this tactical conflict concerns us, it’s part of a large, well-respected fund family, which means investors in this vehicle do gain significant advantages in terms of pricing, liquidity and ease of investment when compared to the Rogers Fund.

While we would caution investors not to look only at the occasional performance superiority of this fund, a detailed comparison of all three commodity mutual funds can be found in commodity fund comparison page.


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