Commodity returns over the last decade: Chart

Nickel has been the most volatile commodity over the last ten years, according to US Global Investors data.

Compiling an interactive chart, the investment group has analysed how natural resources have performed over the last decade.

Spiking in 2006, nickel has been on a bumpy ride since – with dramatic price fluctuations both up and down.

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Falling from grace last year, gold ended a dream run of price growth.

But according to the data, gold was one of the least volatile commodities in the last ten years.

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The worst performer was gas but it is on an upward trend, breaking price falls to climb 12 per cent in 2012 and 26 per cent last year.

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