Consumers, Commodities, and Currencies

Discover the roles consumers, commodities, and currencies play in the world economy and how they can help shape the markets.

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Consumers, commodities, and currencies share much more in common than simply having the same first letter. In many ways, they form the bedrock upon which the world economy is built. Consider this:

  • Everything starts out as commodities. Commodities are sometimes consumed in their original form but are more frequently processed and combined to create all manufactured goods. As a result, commodity prices ultimately impact what consumers pay for everything they purchase.
  • Currency valuations affect the costs of both commodities and manufactured goods that are imported and exported between countries. In today’s globalized economy, this also can significantly impact consumer prices.
  • It’s estimated that consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Because of the effects that commodity prices and currency valuations have on consumer prices, they can influence, both positively and negatively, consumer spending and, as a result, overall U.S. economic activity.

To learn more about the connections between consumers, commodities, and currencies and how they can help shape the markets today and in the future, download Wells Fargo Investment Institute’s “Consumers, Commodities, and Currencies” report today.

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