The strong dollar kept commodities unusually suppressed for several years. However, they've had higher highs and higher lows...they've just been very mild. BUT, that will likely end up changing once the rate cuts begin and the dollar declines. What seemed like a long sideways range should breakout into a strong trending move. Good for commodities and commodity-stocks. However, it could cause stagflation which is where the economy is stagnating yet inflation is rising. We had that in the 1970's. The good news is that IF that happens, we have instruments to invest in, in order to not be captive to it like the person who's strictly a consumer.